TIC Group recently opened Australia’s first automated mattress recycling facility in Melbourne. The facility uses state-of-the-art technology developed in the Netherlands and deconstructs mattresses with recovery and recycling rates of up to 85% (and an objective of increasing this rate to 100%).
A second facility is being commissioned in the neighboring state of New South Wales that will be operational in 2017.
TIC Group’s efforts are intended to address the roughly one million mattresses ending up in landfill each year in Australia. Stacked on top of each other, that’s enough mattresses to reach the International Space Station.
TIC Group has partnered with social enterprise group Soft Landing to collect the mattresses from councils, transfer stations, retailers, hotels and hospitals.
Highlights from the launch are provided below.
(L-R: Rob Millard, CEO of Metropolitan Waste and Resource Recovery Group; Hon Lily D’Ambrosio MP, Victorian Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change; Michael Warren, Managing Director of TIC Group Mattress Recycling; Stan Krpan, CEO of Sustainability Victoria)
Photos and supporting information provided by TIC Group via Equilibrium.