Partnership leads to mattress recycling program at local landfills

With the help of a $36,500 grant from Dow, the Lacombe Regional Waste Services Commission (LRWSC) is excited to announce a mattress recycling program. Launching October 19, 2020, the program will divert mattresses from local landfills, allowing them to be recycled.

“Mattresses take up valuable landfill space because they aren’t able to be compacted and often get tangled up in landfill equipment,” explained Jay Hohn, LRWSC Commission Manager. “Recycling the mattresses is a great diversionary tactic employed by the commission, and we are very appreciative of Dow Canada to fund the one-year pilot project to get us started fully.”

“At Dow, we’re passionate about creating sustainable solutions in the communities where we operate,” said Srikanta Hazra, Dow Prentiss Site Director. “We’re looking forward to collaborating with the County and the Waste Services Commission to prevent mattresses from ending up in the local landfills.”

Over the next year, LRWSC will set up collection bins at all sites, and construct a building at the Prentiss Landfill facility to house the mattresses. During the pilot project, the mattresses will be collected for free. They will shipped to a Calgary facility, where they will be dismantled and recycled for a fee, covered for the first year Dow Canada’s grant. Instead of decomposing for over 80 years in a landfill, the collected mattress materials will be transformed into new materials for new products.

“Because of their bulky nature, mattresses take up valuable space in local landfills, and will shorten the lifespan of these facilities,” said Hohn, adding that each year, approximately 1,000 are discarded at LRWSC transfer stations. During the one-year pilot project, LRWSC and Lacombe County will look for opportunities to partner with other organizations to ensure long-term financial arrangements are in place or develop a user-pay system for mattress recycling.

About the Lacombe Regional Waste Services Commission (LRWSC)

Lacombe Regional Waste Services Commission owns and operates five solid waste management facilities within the Lacombe County boundaries.  They have transfer sites at or near Eckville, Bentley, Alix/Mirror, Spruceville, and a transfer site and class 3 landfill at its Prentiss location.

About Dow Canada

Dow Canada, a subsidiary of Dow, employs approximately 850 people in Canada. Headquartered in Calgary, Alberta, Dow Canada has four manufacturing locations: Fort Saskatchewan and Prentiss (Lacombe County) in Alberta and West Hill (Toronto) and St. Clair River (Corunna) in Ontario. Dow Canada’s Eastern Canada Regional Sales Centre is located in downtown Toronto. Dow produces polyethylene in Alberta. The St Clair River site modifies polyethylene and polypropylene. Both polyethylene and polypropylene products are used to make a broad range of innovative and technology-based products and solutions in the packaging, industrial and infrastructure, and consumer care industries.  At the West Hill location, Dow manufactures water-based emulsions, which go into a variety of products, the biggest single application being latex paint. For more information, please visit www.dowcanada.com and follow us on Twitter @Dow_Canada.

For more information, please contact

Jay Hohn                                            
LRWSC Commission Manager                     
LRWSC                                                          
                                              
403-782-8970