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Maitland councillors object to Mattress Muster site

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Two Maitland City councillors are questioning the logic behind the location of council’s upcoming Mattress Muster.

Sally Halliday and Mitchell Griffin recently made calls for the Saturday 20 February free “drop-off” to be moved from its current site at Metford Road, East Maitland, stating the position no longer suited the event’s needs.

Usually, each muster results in hundreds of mattresses being deposited for recycling, reducing the number of dumped bedding items across the LGA (local government area).

However, following discussions with community members, the Liberal pair have expressed their fears about “long wait times” and “safety issues” from previous gatherings.

“In the past, we’ve seen traffic congestion backed up beyond the Green Hills intersection,” Cr Griffin said.

“And, since the announcement of the Mattress Muster for February, I’ve had residents contact me to raise their concerns, too.

“Many of them state they will avoid the area altogether on the day, based on what they’ve seen before.

“Some residents have experienced long delays to the point where they have given up on waiting to recycle their mattress.

“This defeats the purpose of the event,” added Cr Halliday.

A suggestion from the councillors is to move the muster to a more suitable location, which can hold more vehicles off the street.

“Somewhere like the Rally Ground would be preferable,” Cr Griffin said.

“There is more room to offload mattresses, and less likelihood of cars backing up on to local roads, because of the ability to make queue lines off our roads.”

Cr Griffin and Cr Halliday now plan to write to council officers over the coming week, to suggest alternative sites.

Maitland’s event follows in the footsteps of neighbouring Singleton, which hosted its town’s inaugural muster earlier this month.

A total of 313 locals dropped off 706 mattresses – weighing in at approximately 17 tonnes – at the Singleton Waste Management Facility in the first of two new waste initiatives for 2021.

They’ll be recycled into products such as roof sheeting and carpet underlay, according to Justin Fitzpatrick-Barr said.

“The muster addressed objectives in the Singleton Sustainability Strategy,” the council’s director infrastructure and planning said.

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