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Postcode lottery found for mattress charges

Bed manufacturer Happy Beds said it has found a huge disparity in councils’ charges for collecting and recycling mattresses.

Prices varied from £75 down to nothing, with 20 of 378 councils surveyed offering a free service.

The costliest found was Aylesbury Vale District Council, which charged £75 – almost three times the average of £26.

James Noakes, Liverpool’s cabinet member for streetscene, said: “We have taken a decision to retain free bulky waste collections because we want to make it as easy as possible for people to dispose of large items and prevent dumping or fly-tipping.”

Happy Beds found charges for mattress collections were highest in rural areas and that no councils offered free collections in the 50 least populated areas. It noted wide disparities – for example, a £58 charge in Eastleigh but only £10 in nearby Southampton.

Joy Richards, who conducted the research at Happy Beds, said: “Recycling old mattresses is an excellent step to reducing a household’s contribution to a growing waste problem, but it is hard if local authorities are charging nearly as much as a new mattress will cost.

“That’s why we are working hard to offer our own competitively priced mattress collection service, and are using our interactive map to make it easy for people to find out how much council recycling is near them.”

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