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WHILE mat­tresses have proven to be a scourge for waste fa­cil­i­ties, a new shred­ding ma­chine pur­chased by the Bun­bury-Har­vey Re­gional Coun­cil is cut­ting them up and re­cy­cling them.

Coun­cil vice-chair­man Bill Adams said mat­tresses were one of the ma­jor prob­lems fac­ing land­fill waste fa­cil­i­ties.

“Mat­tresses are one of the main prob­lems, if not the prob­lem, as far as waste is con­cerned,” he said.

Australind’s Stan­ley Road Waste Man­age­ment Fa­cil­ity site su­per­vi­sor Jai Pearce said mat­tresses did not break down easily, be­came spongy and of­ten rose up to the sur­face.

Mr Pearce said the shred­ding ma­chine would break apart mat­tresses, wood ma­te­ri­als and green waste.

The ma­chine, which cost more than $500,000, was re­ceived by the coun­cil last week and had un­der­gone ex­ten­sive tri­als be­fore it was pur­chased.

“We spent four hours putting mat­tresses through and two hours of wood waste and green waste,” Mr Pearce said.

The metal re­cov­ered from the mat­tresses is sold for scrap with the ma­chine able to shred one mat­tress per minute.

The ma­chine be­gan last week shred­ding six months of col­lected mat­tresses from sur­round­ing shires and in two days of op­er­a­tion shred­ded about 500 mat­tresses.

Pic­ture David Charlesworth

Bun­bury-Har­vey Re­gional Coun­cil team leader Jack Stid­wor­thy, com­post fa­cil­ity op­er­a­tor Rus­sell Adams and vice-chair­man Bill Adams view the new shred­ding ma­chine at work.

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