Lewis County & Development Authority Launch Mattress Recycling Pilot Program
In an effort to divert some of the 16,000 mattresses a year disposed of in the regional landfill, the Development Authority of the North Country and Lewis County have teamed up to launch a pilot mattress recycling program.
Beginning February 1, Lewis County residents, businesses and haulers taking mattresses or box springs to the Lewis County transfer station will separate those items from the rest of their waste and drop them off at the designated location at the transfer station. The mattresses will be loaded into a trailer which will, once full, be transported to Tonawanda, NY by Triad Energy and Recycling, where they will be taken apart and recycled.
Lewis County will still charge $7.75 per unit and the Development Authority will subsidize the rest of the cost of recycling the mattresses and transportation.
“The Development Authority is committed to reducing the amount of waste going into the landfill and mattresses take up a significant amount of space,” said Development Authority Executive Director James W. Wright. “We were fortunate to discover Triad Energy, which has been successful in reusing mattress parts, to help us divert this type of waste from the landfill. We are appreciative that Lewis County has agreed to partner with us on this pilot program.”
Lewis County has successfully implemented the use of clear bags at its transfer station, as well as single stream recycling, increasing recycling volume by over 70 percent.
“As the North Country’s only certified Clean Energy Community, Lewis County continually leads the region in green energy production and recycling programming,” said Lewis County Manager Ryan Piche. “We are happy to once again partner with the Development Authority for this pilot program. If it can be recycled, Lewis County and the Authority will find a way to do it.”
The purpose of the pilot program is to determine if mattress recycling can be done successfully and cost-effectively. If successful, the Development Authority will expand the program to St. Lawrence and Jefferson counties.
Contact: Laurie Marr, 315-661-3286 or 315-323-9288