WINNIPEG - The city is launching a free mattress recycling program in partnership with Mother Earth Recycling.
The program will run until January 31, 2020 or until 8,000 mattresses are collected. Up to six mattresses can be dropped off at the Brady 4R Winnipeg Depot (1777 Brady Road).
Mother Earth Recycling, a Winnipeg-based Indigenous social enterprise, will deconstruct the mattresses and box springs to separate the fabric, foam, metal, and wood so they can be recycled into new products.
“This pilot project not only benefits the environment, but it also creates social and economic prosperity and stability for our community,” said Jessica Floresco, General Manager, Mother Earth Recycling. “We appreciate this opportunity to demonstrate the many benefits of mattress and box spring recycling, and are encouraged by the City’s willingness to work alongside us to support essential Indigenous businesses and social enterprises.”
Mattresses and box springs that are wet, soiled, mouldy, burnt, or infested with bedbugs are not accepted. Also not accepted in this program are air mattresses, waterbeds, bed frames, and sofa bed frames.
Mattresses and box springs will not be accepted at the Pacific and Panet 4R Winnipeg Depots during the pilot.
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