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Mattress recycling service hits the UK

Nothing destroys the tranquillity of being at one with nature on a country walk, when you stumble across a fly-tipping site with worn old mattresses piled on top of each other at mercy to the elements.

Getting a new luxury mattress is very exciting as you look forward to the prospect of a better night’s sleep and the complete relaxation of a lazy Sunday snuggled under the covers. However, when it comes to getting rid of your hard-working old mattress and saying hello to your new, it’s important to realise that thought should be put towards where you dispose of your surplus mattress.

Wales is leading the way on mattress recycling and the reduction of fly-tipping with Rhondda Cyon Taf council unveiling a purpose-built machine to break up mattresses, so they can separate the springs, foam and fabric ready for recycling.

This new service will reduce the large number of mattresses that are regularly fly-tipped and the number that are sent to landfill every week where they do not biodegrade. The council currently buries around 15,000 mattresses a year in landfill sites.

The purpose-built machine, made by EBS Automation in Llanelli, is believed to be the only one in the world with the ability to completely deconstruct a mattress. The council hopes it will reduce its landfill tonnage by 1,300 tonnes a year to meet Welsh government targets.

A council spokesperson said it has already received expressions of interest from another council’s wanting to use the facility and expected that others will follow suit. If the service becomes a success and improves this issue then we are sure to see this service rolled out across the UK.