Over the last few years abandoned mattresses have appeared everywhere as a consequence of the “buy to let” phenomenon, where houses are bought by those taking advantage of the high rents temporary residents are prepared to pay. A house is often sold and prepared for a new tenant in a very short space of time with the minimum of expense. Stricter regulations concerning recycling and the disposal of waste mean it costs more to get rid of large unwanted household items so they are dumped where no one can identify their owner. Understandably no one wants this stuff on their doorstep, especially if they live in a “fly-tipping” hot spot so it is then cleared at public expense.
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