New spring in step of mat­tress re­cy­cling method

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OLD mat­tresses col­lected at the Western Met­ro­pol­i­tan Re­gional Coun­cil (WMRC) Brock­way Road waste trans­fer sta­tion in Shen­ton Park will be used to grow plants, as re­us­able metal over­seas and floor un­der­lay.

“Some peo­ple may not have the space to store an old mat­tress be­fore the next verge col­lec­tion, and we of­ten find them dumped in bush, so this is a re­spon­si­ble way of dis­pos­ing of mat­tresses,” WMRC sus­tain­abil­ity man­ager Na­billa Zayan said.

About 165,000 mat­tresses are thrown out in Perth each year but only 12.9 per cent are re­cy­cled, with the re­main­der end­ing up in land­fill, where they take up space.

Since last week, mat­tresses de­liv­ered at the sta­tion will be taken to a Bi­bra Lake fac­tory to be re­cy­cled.

Ms Zayan said the wood would be used to make planter boxes, metal springs would be com­pressed for use in Chi­nese man­u­fac­tur­ing or in the planter boxes for plants to climb, and the foam would be baled and sent to Mel­bourne for un­der­lay.

Re­cy­cling a mat­tress costs $15. The sta­tion is also a col­lec­tion point for bat­ter­ies, flu­o­res­cent lights, com­put­ers, TVs, scrap metal, ink car­tridges, mo­bile tele­phones, card­board, plas­tic, paint and mo­tor oil. Visit www.wmrc.wa.gov.au.

Pic­ture: An­drew Ritchie www.com­mu­ni­typix.com.au d425066

Na­billa Zayan and Re­becca Prince-Ruiz from WMRC get­ting ex­cited about mat­tress re­cy­cling.

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