Funding boost for new recycling service
Posted on 24 Nov 2021
North Ayrshire Council is among the first local authorities in Scotland to benefit from funding towards innovative waste reduction projects.
Almost £60,000 has been secured by the Council through the newly launched Recycling Improvement Fund by Zero Waste Scotland.
The funding will be used to support a number of circular economy, carbon reduction and Community Wealth Building waste and recycling projects including the introduction of a mattress recycling service in partnership with Cunninghame Furniture Recycling Company (CFRC).
This scheme will allow residents to drop off mattresses that they no longer need but that are still in a reusable condition at the Council’s recycling centres.
The mattresses will then be collected by CFRC who will fully 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 signage will also be installed across North Ayrshire’s four Household Waste Recycling Centres in Irvine, Kilbirnie, Largs and Brodick, to encourage residents to ‘Stop and think – can it be reused or recycled’, in a bid to improve and increase the separation of items.
Councillor Jim Montgomerie, Cabinet Member for Green New Deal and Sustainability, said: “We very much look forward to broadening our existing partnership with Cunninghame Furniture Recycling Company through the introduction of a mattress recycling service.
“Mattresses are an essential item, but they can be an expensive purchase – particularly if you are buying them brand new. Our mattress recycling service will offer families a more affordable option when it comes to purchasing these items and thanks to CFRC, they can have peace of mind that the mattress has been checked, cleaned, sanitised and is in a reusable condition.
“As well as offering local families a more affordable option, it also provides environmental benefits as it reduces the volume of reusable goods that are disposed of needlessly by keeping them in use for longer.
“By working alongside our third sector reuse partner, CFRC, it brings Community Wealth Building benefits too as it supports local employment and training opportunities.”
Iain Gulland, Chief Executive, 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.