Mattress recycling in London is set to get a boost after the London Waste and Recycling Board (LWARB) awarded around £140,000 in funding to two organisations in the capital.
The money will be shared by London Re-use Limited and the London Community Resource Network as part of LWARB’s work under its Textile Reuse and Recycling Fund, which aims to create solutions to increase the reuse and recycling of textiles in the city.
London Re-use Limited has been awarded £131,740 for the development of a mattress recycling facility in Greenford West London in partnership with The Furniture Recycling Company, Furniture Recycling Group and Furnish. The textile coverings and metal from the springs will be recycled into new products in the UK. It is anticipated that, once fully operational, the mattress recycling facility will divert more than 60,000 mattresses every year from landfill or incineration and provide six jobs.
Meanwhile, LCRN has been awarded £8,358 to work with the textile bring bank and reprocessing sector to identify and develop new and existing outlets to increase the recycling and reuse of bulky bedding material such as pillows, duvets, quilts, sleeping bags and other similar material. It is hoped the bedding material project will divert 150 tonnes plus of material from landfill per annum.
“Around 700,000 mattresses are discarded in London every year with limited options for dealing with them other than landfill or incineration,” said LWARB efficiencies committee chair and board member Clyde Loakes.
“This much-needed mattress recycling facility will enable 90% of the mattresses at the site to be recycled. As well as reducing the burden on the capital’s landfill sites, increasing recycling will also help to grow London’s economy by creating jobs, volunteering and training opportunities and reduce costs to local authorities.”
The Board launched the Textile Reuse and Recycling Fund for members of the London Textile Forum last year. In the previous round of funding in February, LWARB supported six projects ranging the introduction of carpet recycling at local household waste and recycling sites and an innovative kerbside collection service which allows clothing to be recycled alongside other recyclable goods in wheeled bins or boxes.