It is hoped that the sight of mattresses and sofas dumped in gateways and down laneways around the county will be all but eradicated as Wexford County Council launched its latest mattress and sofa amnesty on Wednesday.
The previous event saw some 1,300 mattresses were collected and recycled and, in launching this amnesty, Cathaoirleach of Wexford County Council Michael Sheehan hopes that just as many people will take advantage.
'We understand that the proper disposal of these bulky waste items can be difficult for householders to deal with as they cannot be disposed of through the normal refuse disposal services,' said Cllr Sheehan. 'The mattress and sofa amnesty gives householders an opportunity to leave old mattresses or an unwanted suite into their local household recycling centres free of charge and this will help eliminate the scourge of illegal dumping of these items on our roadsides and rural locations.'
The amnesty takes place over four Saturdays, the first of which is at Holmestown Waste Facility on August 31. This is followed by New Ross Recycling Centre on September 7, Enniscorthy Recycling Centre on September 14 and Gorey Recycling Centre on September 21. At each location, council staff will be there to take items from 8.30 a.m. to 12 noon and 1 p.m. until 3 p.m.
Householders are reminded that only clean dry mattresses should be brought to the appropriate household recycling centres at the dates and times listed. A maximum of 3 mattresses and 1 suite of furniture will be accepted per vehicle on each day. Commercial waste will not be accepted and all mattresses will be recycled.