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New life for old Ronald McDonald mattresses standard

Media Release: Management at Ronald McDonald House in Auckland will sleep easier knowing 43 mattresses from the charity have gone to be recycled rather than thrown in landfill. The last of the mattresses were collected on Thursday last week (November 30) by resource recovery specialists 3R Group as part of its Rebound mattress recycling programme. Rebound programme manager Sarah Clare says 3R was contacted by the charity and asked if it could help them responsibly dispose of their old mattresses, which were due to be changed for new ones. Rebound aims to be a product stewardship programme which will make the practice of sending mattresses and bases to landfill a thing of the past. It is still in the project ...

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Mattresses ready to Rebound standard

The Rebound mattress recycling scheme was featured in Revolve magazine recently. Mattresses account for around 8,100 tonnes of landfill waste, even though up to 90 per cent of mattress materials can be recycled. However, there is a growing will to do something about the problem. “With everyone being more and more conscious of our environment, we think our customers will embrace this programme.” – Big Save Furniture director Lily Salter Read the full article

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Penny Hulse on mattress recycling standard

Auckland Councillor, chair of the environment and community committee Penny Hulse speaks about the Rebound mattress recycling programme and how big of a problem the issue of unwanted mattress is in New Zealand. “3R have actually worked with mattress manufacturers and bed companies and they are working really well on this. Because ideally you might have a small amount of money that gets charged when you buy a new mattress and that will fund the recycling of it when you are done. We are trying to close the whole loop.” Listen to the interview Read the article

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Houston “We have a problem” image

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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