RE­CY­CLE MAT­TRESSES

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Ev­ery year 300,000 mat­tresses are sent to land­fill, cost­ing sites $14.5 mil­lion, but old mat­tresses can now be re­cy­cled through a new pro­gramme. Auck­land Coun­cil has helped fund the es­tab­lish­ment of an in­no­va­tive mat­tress re­cy­cle scheme through its Waste Min­imi­sa­tion In­no­va­tion Fund. The 3R Group is launch­ing Re­bound, a pro­gramme en­cour­ag­ing mat­tress man­u­fac­tur­ers and re­tail­ers to take re­spon­si­bil­ity for the dis­posal of their prod­ucts. Both con­sumers and busi­nesses will be able to drop off old mat­tresses at Auck­land Coun­cil re­source re­cov­ery cen­tres and trans­fer sta­tions free of charge. Busi­nesses can also ar­range di­rect de­liv­ery to a lo­cal pro­cess­ing cen­tre. The mat­tresses will be dis­man­tled into raw­ma­te­ri­als, such as steel, foam, plas­tic and fab­ric which are ei­ther re­cy­cled or reused. To find out more about the pro­gramme visit re­bound.org.nz.

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