New life for old mattresses with new recycling service

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Old mattresses that are no longer needed but which are still in usable condition will be able to be dropped off at the council’s recycling centre in Brodick.

The mattress recycling service has been made possible by £60,000 funding through the newly launched Recycling Improvement Fund by Zero Waste Scotland.

North Ayrshire Council is among the first local authorities in Scotland to benefit from this funding towards innovative waste reduction projects.

The funding will be used to support a number of circular economy, carbon reduction and waste and recycling projects, including the introduction of the mattress recycling service in partnership with Cunninghame Furniture Recycling Company (CFRC).

CFRC will collect the mattresses from the council’s recycling centres, sanitise them with specialist cleaning equipment, and then offer them at a reduced cost. It is estimated that this could help reuse around 1,400 mattresses each year that would otherwise be disposed of.

New signs will also be installed across North Ayrshire’s four Household Waste Recycling Centres in Brodick, Irvine, Kilbirnie and Largs, to encourage residents to ‘Stop and think – can it be reused or recycled’, in a bid to improve and increase the separation of items.

Iain Gulland, chief executive of Zero Waste Scotland, said: ‘Congratulations to North Ayrshire Council on being one of the first councils to apply successfully to the landmark Recycling Improvement Fund.

‘We were impressed with the project, which will see the council do innovative work around reusing mattresses and furniture, and boost the facilities at its recycling centres.

‘It’s a great example of a local authority looking to contribute to making our economy more circular, keeping vital resources in use for longer.’

The council aims to have the mattress recycling service up and running early next year.

More information about the Recycling Improvement Fund can be found at



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