BBR: ‘Dumped mattresses cost Roscommon economy €1.5m’

The dumping of mattresses costs the Roscommon economy up to €1.5 million, according to leading social enterprise, Bounce Back Recycling.

“Around 8,100 old mattresses are dumped in County Roscommon every year…it costs around €180 for every mattress that ends up in landfill – an estimated loss of just under €1.5 million to the local economy,” says BBR manager, Martin Ward.

BBR are working closely with Roscommon County Council to divert old mattresses away from landfill and incineration, otherwise, Martin says, the picture would be bleak.

  “This level of mattress dumping would be equivalent to 203,000kgs of waste. By recycling the mattresses instead, you can turn this waste into 172,000kgs of valuable materials. This puts money back into the circular economy and creates green jobs, by using the materials we produce by recycling mattresses,” Martin explains.

Over the next few weeks, they will be working with Roscommon Council on special ‘Bulky Goods Collections’ days. For €10 per van/car and trailer, householders can dispose of mattresses and bulky furniture items at four amenity sites. Then Bounce Back will remove them from the sites for recycling.

Details are as follows: 9 am to 4 pm on June 21st at Castlerea Civic Amenity Site; 9 am to 4 pm on June 23rd at Roscommon Civic Amenity Site; 9 am to 4 pm on June 28th at Boyle Civic Amenity Site; 9 am to 4 pm on June 30th at Ballaghaderreen Civic Amenity Site. BBR also offer a door-to-door collection service for mattresses (book on www.bouncebackrecycling.ie, call 091-760877 or email info@bouncebackrecycling.ie).

“The materials recovered from our recycling process can be used for a range of other products. These include using soft materials for making carpet underlay, and potentially, home insulation products. The metal springs can be recycled for use in the steel industry,” Martin adds.

Ireland is fast running out of landfill space and by 2025 at least 55 per cent of municipal waste must be recycled to meet EU targets. Within 13 years, the amount of waste going to landfill must be reduced to 10 per cent of all municipal waste.