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New trial for Maitland Mattress Muster

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Due to the expected high volumes of participation in the upcoming Mattress Muster, as well as opposition from some councillors, Maitland City Council is trialling the recycling program at the Mount Vincent Waste Facility Site over three days.

The trial will now take place on Saturday 20, Sunday 21 and Saturday 27 February from 8.30am until 3pm.

It’s replacing the previously planned event at council’s depot carpark on Metford Road in East Maitland on Saturday 20 February.

That location drew criticism from councillors Mitchell Griffin and Sally Halliday last month, who stated the position no longer suited the muster’s needs.

Following discussions with community members, the Liberal pair 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.”

Council’s manager environment and sustainability Catherine Pepper said the soaring popularity of the Mattress Muster was indicative of the community’s positive interest in recycling.

“Involvement in initiatives like this is a great way to keep problem waste out of landfill,” she stated.

Over the three days of the program, each household in the Maitland area can drop off up to a total of four mattresses free of charge.

Cot mattresses, innerspring mattresses, foam and latex mattresses and ensemble bases will all be accepted.

However, a mattress with an ensemble base will count as two items.

To participate in this recycling initiative, proof of residence in the Maitland LGA (local government area) is required at the time of drop-off.

Council will continue to assess the best arrangements for the Mattress Muster to respond to the changing needs of the community.

The organisation’s free waste services extend beyond the Mattress Muster, including Drum Muster, compost giveaways, Household Chemical CleanOut and the collection of problem waste at the Community Recycling Centre.

For further details about council’s recycling services, visit www.maitland.nsw.gov.au/waste-and-recycling

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