For the second year in a row the City of Selkirk is joining forces with Mother Earth Recycling to help the environment and recycle mattresses.
Selkirk has teamed up with Mother Earth Recycling (MER), an Indigenous owned and operated Social Enterprise that provides unique and reliable recycling services, while also creating meaningful jobs and training opportunities.
The city’s spring clean up is taking place this year from May 6-10. Residents can expect their non-hazardous waste to be collected on their regular garbage pick-up day, and MER is requesting any mattresses you want to have picked up be put out curbside between May 6-8. Last year, MER picked up 375 mattresses during Selkirk’s spring clean up.
Recycling 95% of your mattress
MER, Winnipeg’s first and only Mattress Recycling Facility, separates the mattress into fabric, foam, metal and wood categories to later be recycled. All the materials make their way into secondary markets (foam into carpet underlay, metal into cans, wood into crafts or fire wood, and so on). At the end of the day, the only left overs are a few pieces of plastic corners off box springs and the occasional zipper! Ninety-five percent of the material in your mattress will be recycled and we thank you for helping the environment.
The City of Selkirk’s Strategic Plan makes environmental stewardship a priority, and in 2016, the city joined the national Blue Dot Movement, created by the David Suzuki Foundation, and adopted the City of Selkirk Declaration of Right to a Healthy Environment. The Blue Dot Movement is seeking to have environmental rights added to the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms.
Spring cleanup reminders
During spring cleanup, please keep tree branches, regular garbage and larger items separate from each other. Trees and branches must be bundled into three-foot lengths weighing less than 50 lbs. Tree trunks must face street.
Freon must be removed from fridges. These appliances must be tagged as such or they will not be picked up. Also, there is a limit of four tires per household, and demolition/construction waste, electronic waste and hazardous waste will not be picked up. Electronic waste, such as microwaves and computers, and hazardous waste, including paint, used oil and antifreeze, can be dropped off at the Waste Transfer Station.
The city is proud to work together with Mother Earth Recycling to further enhance its role as a leader in environmental stewardship. Please adhere to MER’s request and have your mattress placed at curbside between May 6-8.
If your mattress is out on time but doesn’t get picked up, please contact the Operations Dept. at 204-785-4930.