The Australian Bedding Stewardship Council (ABSC) was established to expand on the provisional product stewardship scheme originating in 2016. The ABSC is continuing the development and implementation of a whole of lifecycle product stewardship scheme for mattresses and bedding that is supported by the bedding industry.

The Product Stewardship Scheme Will

Facilitate a coordinated, national approach to mattress recycling
Implement a mattress accreditation program
Invest in research and development to identify end markets for resources recovered from end of life mattresses
Encourage a holistic recycling mindset with members
Facilitate innovation across similar industries

Lifecycle Innovation

EOL mattresses are a big problem worldwide. The ABSC is driving Lifecyle innovation through collaboration with global entities, research institutions and industry to identify opportunities for research and development that can lead to scalable, commercial outcomes.

Of the 1.8 million EOL mattresses disposed of every year in Australia, pleasingly, almost 60% of those are collected by a recycling function. However, current recycling practices only recover roughly 44-64% of the materials (or less) which is predominantly steel and polyurethane foam, with the balance going to landfill.

Follow our journey as we explore ways to extract value and reuse resources from end-of-life mattresses in useful and innovative ways.

Help us make a difference

Recycle My Mattress is a product stewardship program administered by the ABSC, a not-for-profit industry partnership that works with supply chain, manufacturers, retailers and recyclers to move towards a circular economy for mattresses and improve the environmental and social outcomes of the bedding industry.