Another day, another mattress dumped at the side of the road!

Senan Hogan

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Another day, another mattress dumped at the side of the road!

The mattress thrown by the side of the R445

A KildareNow reader sent us this photo of a dumped mattress on the side of a busy road this morning. 

The mattress was rolled up and thrown along the R445 between Kildare Town and the Curragh Racecourse. 

The reader said: "Obviously this person wouldn't pay the €20 to dispose of a mattress legally and safely in a recycling centre." 

The charge for disposing of a Single Mattress is €20 while the fee for a Double is €30 at Silliot Hill Recycling Centre & Civic Amenity in Kilcullen. 

These charges seem to be discouraging people from complying with the Litter Act across Co Kildare. 

Last March a mattress was dumped near the The Old Mill Race residential estate in in Athgarvan.

KildareNow reader sent in photographs of the dumped mattress which was left on a grassy verge, precariously close to the busy road.

Last Christmas a mattress was dumped outside Barrett Park in Monasterevin near a Christmas tree recycling site. 

Mattresses have also been dumped in the Oldtown Road area of Celbridge. 

There have also been instances of dumped mattresses in the Curragh Plains.

Leaving or throwing litter in a public place is an offence that can be subject to an on-the-spot fine of €150.

Litter wardens or gardaí have the power to issue such on-the-spot fines.

If they go unpaid within a specified time frame and the case comes before the District Court, if found guilty, the defendant faces a maximum fine of €3,000.

Last year Kildare County Council held a Mattress Amnesty event - a free collection over two days in Gallows Hill Recycling Centre in Athy. 

There was a limit of two mattresses per vehicle.