25% increase of residents using mattress amnesty free disposal

25% more residents who dispose of the amnesty without a mattress

By Aideen O’Flaherty

This year’s Mattress Amnesty, in which South Dublin County Council made free mattresses available to households in numerous locations across the county, increased the number of people using the service by 25 percent compared to 2019.

The mattress amnesty took place over a four-week period from October 19, allowing the safe and free disposal of unwanted mattresses by residents of South Dublin County.

The mattress amnesty increased by 25%

According to the council, the 2020 amnesty timing was aimed at reducing the number of mattresses that are illegally disposed of by burning at Halloween bonfires or illegally dumping in the countryside.

As a result of the pandemic, operational changes were made to the amnesty, including the implementation of social distancing measures.

The local council has partnered with the Clondalkin Community Recycle Initiative (RecycleIT), a social enterprise based in Crag Avenue, Clondalkin, that provides employment and training opportunities by providing WEEE collection services to neighborhoods, communities and businesses for the amnesty.

The South Dublin Council said the amnesty was a pilot project, adding: “The pilot project gave members of the public several options to dispose of their mattress at local collection points as well as the RecycleIT facility on Crag Avenue.

“Collection days were organized with the support of local associations, staff in community centers and other local community groups.

“The multiple mattress disposal options allowed us to provide drop-offs for every South Dublin resident within 3 miles of their front door while regulating attendance to ensure all social distancing measures were followed.

“All the mattresses collected at the various collection points were transported by RecycleIT to EcoMattress, another social enterprise based in Fingal that specializes [in] Recycling of mattresses. “

As part of the amnesty 2020, a total of 1,065 mattresses were recovered, an increase of 25 percent compared to the amnesty of the previous year.

The total cost of the mattress amnesty in 2020 was € 30,400, and according to the council, the disposal costs per item have decreased by 15 percent compared to 2019.

“The feedback from everyone involved was very positive.

“The Waste Management Department of South Dublin County Council is looking into other ways to work with RecycleIT and other social enterprises to provide other recycling opportunities in the community,” the local authority concluded.

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