Indigenous North End business to create jobs recycling mattresses

From Metro News:


There will be no sleeping on this job.

Mother Earth Recycling announced Sunday a partnership with the province, Take Pride Winnipeg and furniture retailer IKEA to open Manitoba’s first mattress recycling depot.

Manitobans who purchase a new mattress through IKEA can have their old mattress taken away and recycled at Mother Earth Recycling for $10.

The partnership will create several jobs and training for North End indigenous workers in the area, many of whom have no job training or need a second chance, said Mother Earth Recycling management consultant Jessica Floresco.

“We want to do six month cycles. We’ll take in four to six people at a time, train them in the process of (recycling) a mattress… and train them in basic job skills. At the end of the six months, we’ll help them do a resume and help them learn to look for jobs and apply for jobs and help them get a better job.”

Mother Earth Recycling will break down the mattresses into four basic recyclables, said Floresco – wood, steel, fabric and foam. While partnerships for each of those recyclables have yet to be finalized, that will happen in the coming weeks, said Floresco,

“Over 90 per cent of the mattress is recyclable,” she added, saying it’s the hard plastic corners and rope handles that aren’t – yet.

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North End business to create jobs while recycling used mattresses

From the Winnipeg Free Press:

Imagine a Winnipeg in which 40,000 mattresses a year don’t clog up the landfill or go up in flames in your back lane.

Imagine a Winnipeg in which those mattresses get recycled while creating dozens of jobs for indigenous young people.

You don’t need to imagine any longer, Jobs and The Economy Minister Kevin Chief declared today.

Mother Earth Recycling and IKEA have formed a partnership backed with more than $250,000 of provincial money and the support of Take Pride Winnipeg, to recycle used mattresses while training young workers for their first job. The company said today that it’s a first for IKEA.

“There’s incredible potential,” Chief said today at Mother Earth’s large new digs at 771 Main St. just north of the Higgins underpass.

Anyone who buys a new mattress from IKEA can have a used mattress delivered to Mother Earth for just $10.

“They’ve made a decision to work with a smaller indigenous-owned business in Winnipeg’s North End,” Chief told a news conference. “A lot of people in this neighbourhood are going to get a job through this.”

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Mattress recycling option coming to Winnipeg

From CTV News Winnipeg:

Every year, thousands of mattresses get dumped in Manitoba landfills. Now, a Winnipeg recycling business wants to change that, but it could be years before the public is able to access its services.

According to numbers provided by Mother Earth Recycling and the provincial government, 40,000 mattresses from Winnipeg alone wind up at the garbage dump.

Until now, the option to recycle them didn’t exist.

The company will initially work with Ikea. The furniture retailer will charge willing customers a $10 fee to have their old mattress delivered to the recycling facility.

“Ikea has a long history of working with social entrepreneurs around the world, but our support for Mother Earth Recycling is a first for Canada,” said Daevid Ramey of Ikea.

To begin, the company will only accept used mattresses dropped off by retailers, but Mother Earth Recycling would eventually like to create a partnership with the City of Winnipeg to recycle mattresses dumped in back lanes.

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