Veolia and the Envie insertion network were selected by Eco-mobilier, the eco-organization bringing together manufacturers and distributors of mattresses in France, to create a mattress recycling unit in the Greater West. Veolia brings its industrial expertise, Envie 2E Recyclage Bretagne its expertise in integration. Initially, this unit will recycle 4,000 mattresses per month. Once relocated to the Veolia site in Rennes, it will be able to process up to 7,000 tonnes per year.
To secure the working conditions of the employees and to guarantee the quality of the recovered material, Veolia is planning a mattress hygiene chamber that will treat 120 mattresses with a fog of disinfectant. The "foam" envelopes of the disinfected mattresses will then be cut on a horizontal cutting line, and the envelopes "springs" with an electric circular knife.
90% of the components of a mattress (metal, foam, latex, textile ...) will be recycled for the automotive industry, furnishing, construction and mattress manufacturing.
This project, at the crossroads of the circular economy  and the social and solidarity economy, will create 14 local jobs.
Read the study on circular economy and British GDP:: « The circular revolution. An Imperial College London report commissioned by Veolia »
Last updated on the 10-07-2018 by Sylvain Bosquet