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Good news!  Our recycling trial with Big Save Furniture has been extended until end of June 2017! Media release You might hear these famous words, first used by the crew of the Apollo 13, a little more often during May. That’s because Big Save Furniture and Rebound Mattress Recycling, the brain child of recycling specialist 3R Group, are on a mission to recycle some of the 300,000 mattresses that end up in landfill each year in New Zealand. If stacked one on top of another, the estimated 300,000 mattresses and bases would reach the edge of space; a statistic that shows we do indeed have a problem. “The idea that the pile of mattresses we discard each year could reach the ...

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Fresh bounce for old mattresses standard

When someone says they’re putting out the recycling, you normally picture drink bottles and old newspapers. All these items fit easily into a recycling bin and are dispatched without a second thought. “Job done”, you might think, “I’ve done my bit to save the world”. However these everyday items only represent the tip of the iceberg in terms of what we could (and should) be recycling rather than sending to landfill. 3R Group, project managers for Rebound, tend to focus on the bulk of the iceberg, the largest part, mostly unseen – these are the complex or hazardous items that don’t have existing solutions and represent the greatest threat or a wasted resource. And right now their attention is on ...

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