From CBC News Manitoba:
A two-year pilot project in Winnipeg is expected to clean up the city and give jobs to those who need them.
When people buy mattresses from the city’s IKEA store, they now have the option to have their old mattresses removed and recycled locally for $10 — the first step in Winnipeg’s first mattress recycling program.
Old mattresses will be dropped off at Mother Earth Recycling on Main Street, where 24 people from Winnipeg’s North End will take them apart, saving their padding, metal and wood for new purposes.
Training and wages for those jobs is covered by $250,000 in funding from the Manitoba government.
Daevid Ramey, spokesperson for IKEA said the company has a long history of working with social entrepreneurs, but this particular initiative is new.
“Our support for Mother Earth Recycling is a first in Canada,” Ramey said.