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In Brittany, modernization of a unique mattress sorting and recovery site

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On October 2, 2023, Envie Bretagne, Veolia and Ecomaison inaugurated the newly modernized mattress sorting and recovery unit at La Mézière (35). The aim? Maximize the recovery of mattress components, 95% of which are recyclable.

The modernization of this new unit was orchestrated by three players committed to the circular economy: Envie Recyclage Bretagne, Véolia and Ecomaison.

Their respective roles are highly complementary: mattress collection is managed by Ecomaison. It begins at the waste disposal center or directly with retailers and distributors, who take back the bedding in store or on delivery of a new product. Véolia, as a specialist in recycling and waste recovery, then takes care of transport to its processing site. Envie Recyclage Bretagne dismantles the mattresses.

Recycling site

The synergy on this site is exemplary. Envie Bretagne receives the mattresses and implements the processes required for their dismantling. Véolia has the expertise to manage the specific materials that make up the mattresses and their reintroduction into the market. Finally, Ecomaison coordinates the collection, sorting and channelling of waste to the various channels.

Marc-Olivier Houel, Executive Vice President, Waste Recycling and Recovery, Veolia.

A Socially and Environmentally Responsible site

Envie Recyclage BretagneEnvie Recyclage Bretagne, a subsidiary of the Ressources T cooperative group, is a key player in mattress recycling and social integration. At the heart of the circular, social and solidarity economy, the organization guides people towards a sustainable return to employment by offering personalized career paths. The new site at La Mézière will not only enable even more mattresses to be collected and recycled, but will also increase the number of people integrated into the workforce, with the recruitment of 20 people at Envie Recyclage Bretagne.

Recycling mattresses is not only a major ecological gain, it's also a social one, enabling us to hire a large number of employees, both permanent and those on integration schemes, thus securing their professional careers.

Daniel Boujard, Chairman of the Ressources T cooperative group.

An ambitious model

The ambition of the La Mézière mattress recycling center is to increase the number of tons of mattresses recycled and processed per year from 2,000 to 4,000. This is an opportunity to improve the conditioning of scrap metal and to pursue the development of full-scale experiments. This sorting center will also enable us to find new solutions for recovering materials such as foam, latex and textiles from mattresses, and to develop dismantling techniques.

A development that has already proved its worth in the past, as Dominique Mignon, president of Ecomaison, testifies: "Since 2012, thanks to the creation of 7 mattress dismantling units, we have recycled almost 100% of discarded mattresses."

Watch a video of La Mézière's mattress dismantling process, from collection to preparation of materials for recycling.