Mattress offer boosts recycling

Monday, 2 December 2019

Our month-long mattress recycling offer has been a huge success with 2,470 mattress collected for recycling during November.

The recycling initiative gave residents the opportunity to drop their old mattresses at the City's resource recovery centres for just $10 or have them picked up from home for $15.

Overall, 70% of the mattresses collected were dropped off for recycling at the Drysdale and Geelong Resource Recovery Centres.

Recycling mattresses is highly intensive, requiring them to be taken apart by hand, however the process is very effective with about 90 per cent of mattress contents able to be recycled.

How mattress materials are recycled:

  • The foam and wadding from inside the mattress is reused as carpet underlay.
  • Timber is processed into a reusable woodchip and used to manufacture particle board,animal bedding and mulch.
  • Steel springs are sent to scrap metal merchants and melted down to create new steel.

The mattress recycling initiative is part of our recycling program and is run in partnership with The Mattress Recycler.

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Page last updated: Monday, 2 December 2019