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Metro Vancouver considers mattress recycling fee

RICHMOND (NEWS1130) – A dramatic increase in the number of mattresses winding up in back alleys and in apartment dumpsters has Metro Vancouver considering a new fee to add to the purchase price of a mattress.

Mayor of Richmond Malcolm Brodie with the Metro Vancouver Zero Waste Committee wants you to pay  $20 up front instead of $15 at the landfill.

“Since the landfill fee was imposed, we have seen a dramatic increase in the number of mattresses discarded outside the landfills or transfer stations. If people weren’t deterred by that fee, they would then take them to the appropriate place,” he explains.

“[There are] a massive number of mattresses and box springs being disposed of in the Metro Vancouver area,” he points out.