Call for mattress phone and collect service in Kildare to combat illegal dumping

Local Cllr said issue is becoming 'more frequent'

Sarah Peppard


Sarah Peppard


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A local councillor says the dumping of mattresses is becoming “more frequent” in the Kildare-Newbridge areas.

At the Municipal District meeting on February 21 last, Independent Cllr Morgan McCabe asked Kildare County Council whether a phone and collect system could be set up with the refuse companies, similar to other jurisdictions, in order to avoid illegal dumping.

“Obviously people can’t afford to have them taken away”, said Cllr McCabe.

He said the dumping of mattresses is “unsightly and becoming more frequent.”

He added that refuse companies are making enough money out of the area, and suggested that people could leave mattresses out and bin companies could take them.

A report by KCC issued at the meeting said; “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

"They collect mattresses and bed bases for a fee. It is noted that some furniture retailers also provide a take back arrangement when a new bed/ mattress is purchased.

“While mattresses can sometimes be part of illegal dumping within the county, the council does 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.”