seen better weather than Saugeen Shores enjoyed April 12th. Sixteen hard working, fun loving
souls participated in the Great Mattress and Box Spring Reclamation project at the Southampton
landfill today and deconstructed approximately 150 units.
Carlsun Energy of North Bruce, Weber Supply Company Inc of Hanover, and NAPA Auto Parts of
Port Elgin stepped up to the plate as event sponsors providing safety glasses, face masks and
utility knives. Carlsun Energy had two staff members helping with the work. Kerri Meier, Waste
Management / Environmental Coordinator for Bruce County Highways Department was also on
board. Bruce County Social Services’ David MacDonald brought a crew of 3 strong workers with
him, and Hambleton Contracting and Design Services from Southampton arrived making 5 more.
Saugeen Shores councilor, Marcel Legault didn’t hesitate to get right to work as did individual
helpers who gave of their time and energy to make the event a huge success.
“The municipal staff where incredible.” said the BBFG’s Heather Pletsch. “The project was
immediately supported by Stuart Doyle, Director of Public Works and during the day, as we
needed more mattresses, operator Randy Robillard would just show up and deliver a new load”.
The event started around 12 noon and wrapped up by 4:00pm after roughly half of the
Municipality’s mattress trailer had been emptied and deconstructed. Steel mattress springs will be
used for fencing, felt as an alternative to landscape filter fabric, nylon netting for fruit protection,
wood for signs and donor boards were reclaimed.
Lynne Taylor, the Bruce Botanical Food Gardens’ president said, “We were a bit worried that we
wouldn’t have enough people participate to get the work done but Heather Pletsch, our
community project facilitator, proved the true value of her community networking expertise by
pulling the team together. It’s amazing how people in this community spring to action, so to
speak, on a well-presented request. It speaks volumes of the community’s spirit.”
The next deconstruction event will be held in the BBFG’s host Township of Huron-Kinloss’ Ripley-
Huron landfill (as close to an Earth Day Event as possible) on Saturday April 21, 2012 from 12:30
to 4:00pm. The Municipality of Kincardine will follow at the Kincardine Waste Management Centre
on Saturday April 28, 2012 from 8:00 am to 12:00 noon. Brockton and Hanover events are to be
announced. REGISTER or LEARN MORE.