A mattress recycling pilot program is officially underway in Timmins.
The program to recycle mattress and box springs is being offered at the Deloro Landfill on Pine Street South and started today (June 1). The cost is $15 per unit to cover the cost of the program.
Council approved the six-month initiative with Goat Transportation back in March.
According to the city, people using the service will have to put the items in a designated area. If they're unable to move it without help, it should be securely wrapped in plastic. Wet, excessively soiled, or mattresses with biohazards will not be accepted.
"Prior to the waiving of tipping fees for Spring Clean Up, landfill staff counted 35 mattresses being disposed of in only two days," reads a City of Timmins news release.
"When these items are disposed of in this manner, it causes undue hardship on operations. The mattresses and box springs are harder to compact, taking up more space in the landfill, and wreak havoc on the equipment, as springs get caught and created mechanical issues."
The service is being provided by True North Recycling, a subsidiary of Goat Transport.