Save money and the environment simultaneously
  • Friday 12 August 2016

Did you know you can discard your old mattress and fridge at no charge at Sunshine Coast Council’s resource recovery centres?

Environment Portfolio Councillor Jenny McKay said as well as being able to dispose of up to three old mattresses and whitegoods including fridges, there was a whole raft of unwanted items residents could get rid of at no cost at waste facilities across the region.

“To achieve council’s vision to become Australia’s most sustainable region, council has committed to reducing waste going into landfills by introducing a number of incentives,” Cr McKay said.

“This includes recycling or reselling as many items that come through our resource recovery facilities as possible, not only saving residents’ money, but helping the environment at the same time. 

“As well as mattresses and whitegoods, at no cost you can also dispose of unwanted gas bottles, e-waste, scrap metals, domestic quantities of oil and pesticides and many other recyclables.”

Cr McKay said with landfills rapidly reaching capacity, council recognised more than ever the need to employ innovative solutions to ensure recyclable material was kept out of landfill.

“It was the results of an audit in 2009 revealing a staggering 18,000 mattresses heading to landfill each year that sparked council to really investigate recycling opportunities,” she said.

“Given the size of your average mattress, we were wasting 9000 cubic metres of landfill to mattresses as they are very hard to compact, which was costing ratepayers close to half a million dollars each year.

“In 2010 we implemented the mattress recycling program, and to further encourage the community to take advantage of the opportunity, in 2015 we removed all charges.

“Another initiative which has yielded very positive results since its introduction in 2013 has been our electronic waste recycling program which enabled residents to discard their old televisions and computer equipment for free recycling.

“In the first year, the program saved over 1001 tonnes of e-waste from ending up in landfill.

“Residents can also drop off at no cost a range of items which council can resell such as clothing, cleaning rags, furniture, toys and building materials.”

For further information about council’s resource recovery centres including a full list of accepted items, visit council’s website