New recycling facility to tackle mattress waste in landfills
The Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change, Lily D'Ambrosio officially opened Australia’s first automated mattress recycling facility this morning. (See media release here).
The new facility in Melbourne’s west has been built by the TIC Group with assistance from the Victorian Government’s ‘Investing in Manufacturing Technology’ program and aims to reduce the amount of mattress waste sent to landfill.
It is estimated that around 299,000 mattresses are disposed of annually in Melbourne and greater Geelong. In 2014, local councils in these regions collected around 232,000 mattresses via hard waste collections, transfer stations and clean-ups of illegal dumping. Of these mattresses 215,000 were recycled and 17,000 were sent to landfill.
Using state-of-art technology from Netherlands, adapted for Australian conditions, the new facility is aiming to make improvements to both to the numbers of mattresses that are diverted from landfill and the amount of material that can be successfully recovered from each mattress.
Last updated: 14/10/2016