Eco Mattress was set up as a Social Economy Enterprise. Our Mattress recycling processes provide valuable hands on work experience to people on back to work training programs. This enterprising initiative was developed after long discussions between John Scally (Chairperson) and Bernie Walsh (Manager) of Sunflower Recycling Ltd who have many years experience in waste management and the recycling business.
They were experiencing great difficulty at that time in obtaining hands on quality work experience for their C.E. trainees. That would meet and deliver their training program objectives.
Complimented by offsite Fetac accredited training programs relative to the work processes employed at our recycling facility
Eco Mattress Recycling provides all trainees with in – house work experience allied to offsite accredited training programs delivered through their sponsor. This includes a comprehensive step by step process and safety training program set out in our work instruction manual. Complimented by offsite Fetac accredited training programs relative to the work processes employed at our recycling facility. Trainees can also partake in other training programs which they consider beneficial to their further education or future employment prospects.
We have a fully permitted recycling facility with written work instructions.
Our mattress recycling operation is now fully functional after the initial bedding in period of six months, which was used to iron out some kinks in the process. We have a fully permitted recycling facility with written work instructions detailing all stages of the recycling process. This guarantees 100% recycling throughout the deconstruction processes. In a twelve month period from May ’13 to April ’14 we have prevented one hundred and seventy tonnes of waste material going to landfill sites. This includes nearly 100 tonne of combustible waste suitable for R.F.D./S.R.F. and a further fifty five tonne of steel springs going for further processing by fully permitted recycling companies. Over seven tonne of wood extracted from bed bases is recycled as kindling. With the remaining eight tonne of materials accounted for through work in progress and stock in hand.
We have now created a sustainable social economy enterprise.
Running at full capacity for a period of twelve months our mattresses deconstruction processes would save over 600 tonne of bulky waste going to landfill sites. These conclusions are based on an in depth analysis of all the data gathered during our first full years operations. We have now created a sustainable social economy enterprise that can generate a reasonable gross profit annually. This income will not only cover our running costs but will also allow us to reinvest in machinery and systems to improve our work processes. We now employ one permanent member of staff and hope our continued progress will provide us with the opportunity to offer some more trainee staff permanent positions.