Participants

These businesses are committed to finding better end-of-life solutions for mattresses and keeping them out of landfill. If you are looking to buy a new mattress, we encourage you to do so from Bedding Stewardship Scheme participants.

Who is a Participant?

A mattress manufacturer, importer, wholesaler, retailer or online retailer who has made the commitment to accept collections and/or pass through of the product stewardship fee. 



Who is a Member?


A member of the ABSC, supports bedding stewardship but is not liable to pay the product stewardship fee. They have undergone an application process, paid a membership fee and agreed to abide to the ABSC Code of Conduct.


Who are Approved Recyclers?

Organisations approved by the ABSC for demonstrating safe and environmentally responsible collection, storage and recovery of end-of-life mattresses and their component materials.


Participants

Mattress manufacturers, importers, wholesalers, retailers and online retailers can apply to participate in the Bedding Stewardship Scheme (the Scheme) and take accountability of diverting more mattresses and mattress materials from landfill, creating new products from recovered mattress materials and establishing a mattress recycling network across Australia.

Scheme Participants collect and/or pass through the product stewardship fee on each new mattress sold into the Australian market. This fee enables the ABSC, on behalf of the bedding industry, to invest in research and development to get more materials out of landfill, consumer education and awareness and build the commercial viability of mattress recycling in Australia.

This is an industry-led stewardship approach and increasing industry participation is a priority.

Participation commitments

Eligible applicants (mattress manufacturers, importers, wholesalers, retailers and online retailers) commit to collect and/or pass through the product stewardship fee on each new mattress sold in Australia and abide by the Scheme Guidelines and the ABSC Code of Conduct.

Participation benefits

In addition to the core benefit of being supported as a steward and a leader in the bedding industry, the ABSC team will support new participants with:

  • product stewardship fee administration support
  • use of the ASBC logo and brand guidelines
  • use of the Scheme marketing collateral and training materials
  • promotion benefits through ABSC communications, website, social media, marketing collateral and PR opportunities
  • network opportunities with other industry participants and ABSC members
  • opportunity to be involved in research and innovation projects
  • ABSC membership
  • voting rights and Board election opportunities at AGM Meeting
  • participation at member meetings to learn about industry and circular economy insights

“An industry-led stewardship approach is one of the most efficient and cost-effective ways to reduce a product’s impact on the environment and human health,” The Hon Tanya Plibersek MP, Minister for the Environment and Water, 8 November 2022.  


ABSC Membership

The ABSC is proud to have the support of its members. 

ABSC Membership categories


1. Participant. A mattress manufacturer, importer, retailer or online retailer that is committed to accept collection and/or pass through of the product stewardship fee.

2. Transitioning to participant (temporary category). A mattress manufacturer, importer, wholesaler, retailer or online retailer that is committed to become a Participant in the Scheme before 30 June 2024.

3. Supply chain member. Bedding material supply chain organisations such as foam, textile, timber and steel suppliers. Annual membership fees are based on annual Australian turnover from bedding category products. Membership fee table is provided in the application form. 

4. Associate member. Can include component recyclers (such as carpet underlay manufacturers and scrap metal recyclers), local and state Government, commercial and health accommodation sectors, research institutes, associations, charitable and sustainability organisations. No membership fee.

Membership commitments

To become a supply chain or associate member of the ABSC, applicants must agree to abide by the Scheme Guidelines and the ABSC Code of Conduct.

How to apply for membership

  1. Download and read the Scheme Guidelines and ABSC Code of Conduct.
  2. Check your eligibility and understand the obligations and conditions on pages 9 – 11 in the Scheme Guidelines.
  3. Download and complete the Application form.
  4. Return the completed application form and signed copy of the ABSC Code of Conduct via email.

The ABSC team will review the application and contact the applicant if further information is required. 

Membership benefits

Membership determinations are made by the ABSC Board on recommendation from the ABSC. Membership is confirmed through a welcome letter.

In addition to the core benefit of demonstrating your commitment to sustainability in the bedding industry the ABSC team will support members with:

  • use of the ASBC logo and brand guidelines
  • promotion benefits through ABSC communications, website, social media, marketing collateral and PR opportunities
  • network opportunities with industry participants and ABSC members
  • opportunity to be involved in research and innovation projects
  • participation at quarterly member meetings to learn about industry and circular economy insights

Frequently Asked Questions

How will my business benefit from participating in the Scheme?

Consumer, employee and community expectations for business to take environmental and social responsibility are rising. Becoming a Scheme participant demonstrates industry accountability and environmental and social responsibility. Additional participation benefits include:

  • Access to Scheme marketing collateral and training materials
  • Use of the ASBC logo and brand materials
  • Promotion of your participation on the ABSC website, social media and marketing collateral and PR opportunities
  • Network opportunities with other industry participants and ABSC members
  • Opportunity to be involved in research and innovation projects
  • Tier 1 ABSC membership
  • Voting rights and Board election opportunities at AGM Meeting
  • Participation at quarterly member meetings to learn about industry and circular economy insights

The aggregated Product Stewardship Fee (PSF) and ABSC membership fees will be spent on:

  • facilitation of end-of-life mattress landfill diversion solutions and commercial opportunities
  • research and development for material reuse and new markets to achieve environmental outcomes and reduce the cost of recycling
  • raising awareness through marketing and PR to increase participation by industry and consumers
  • growing the mattress recycling network in metro and regional areas
  • scheme administration

In future we will explore the potential of recycler rebates and adding bedding products such as bed bases to the scheme.

  • Market share of Australian bedding manufacturers and retailers becoming participating members and passing through the Product Stewardship Fee (PSF)
  • Increased recovery of mattresses
  • Increased recovery of materials from mattresses
  • Reduced reliance on landfill
  • Easier and more convenient access to ABSC approved recycling services
  • Increased sustainable employment opportunities
  • Increased community awareness
  • Raised consumer understanding and education on environmental sustainability

Quarterly newsletters will provide progress updates and quarterly online member meetings will provide the opportunity for discussion on progress opportunities, challenges and related industry news and trends. The ABSC team will also send targeted emails when there are specific issues or news to be shared.
The ABSC regularly updates its LinkedIn profile here.

The ABSC will provide public reporting on the operation and performance of the scheme during our period of authorisation and publish an annual report. For further detail on the reporting requirements of the scheme authorisation please refer to the ACCC Authorisation Final Determination Australian Bedding Stewardship Council | ACCC

ABSC welcomes any opportunity to promote our scheme, our vision, mission, and objectives. You will be provided with marketing collateral that you can use for campaigns and promotions with your member login. We are very happy to discuss collaborations on campaigns specific to your business also. While we must remain impartial, we celebrate those organisations that are engaged and are on the journey to drive circularity within their own business and industry.