Kildare Co Council has said it has no resources to collect old mattresses in the Athy area.
Councillor Thomas Redmond had asked that the Council support a free drop-off day for households in relation to mattresses in the
Athy Civic Amenity Site.
Council officials said that Cllr Redmond's proposal can initially be investigated to establish (a) if there is financial
assistance available (grants etc) and (b) the operational requirements involved in arranging such an event.
At present, mattresses can be brought to the two Civic Amenity Sites (Athy and Silliot Hill), where they are sent on
for recycling. There is a charge for this in line with the 'polluter pays' principle.
In addition, there is a collection service in place for mattresses operated by a company called Eco Mattresses: www.ecomattressrecyclingireland.com.
They collect mattresses and bed bases for a fee.
Some furniture retailers also provide a take back arrangement when a new bed/ mattress is purchased.
A Council spokesperson added: "While mattresses can sometimes be part of illegal dumping within the county, the Council does not have the resources to provide the proposed service.
"The public is encouraged to report illegal dumping to the Council's Litter Report Freephone 1800 243143."
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