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A monster machine that eats old mattresses – then spits them out in the form of useful products – is saving Liverpool City Council residents over $500,000 yearly in waste disposal costs.

It is estimated that around 1.8 million mattresses are thrown out each year in Australia with around 40 per cent of them – 22,140 tonnes – ending up in landfill.

The disposal of old mattresses to landfill can cost councils up to $137 per mattress. Also, most landfill sites in Western Sydney will soon exhaust their capacity to receive mattresses as waste.

“Collection and transportation costs for old mattresses will become even more prohibitive as local Sydney landfills become exhausted by 2034, forcing councils to send them further afield,” said Western Sydney Regional Organisation of Councils (WSROC) President, Councillor Barry Calvert.

“Looking like a cross between a giant reptile and an army tank, Liverpool City Council’s new mattress-munching machine – affectionately known as ‘The Croc’ – is not only reducing disposal costs for Liverpool City ratepayers but has the potential to help other councils across the region with mattress processing.

“In addition, Liverpool City’s mattress-eating machine is contributing to Western Sydney’s transition to the circular economy.”

Liverpool City Council alone collects and takes to landfill over twenty thousand mattresses a year.

Without ‘The Croc’, the cost to the council of getting these mattresses taken away by a private contractor is close to $800,000 per annum.

“So, WSROC congratulates Liverpool City Council on this wonderful initiative. And we certainly encourage other Western Sydney councils to avail themselves of Liverpool City’s mattress-munching monster,” said Councillor Calvert.

“There are two basic types of products extracted from the mattresses after recycling – flock and steel. 

“The flock alone can be then turned into:

  • Civic Quality Street Pavers
  • Blocks
  • Street Furniture
  • Pavers
  • Tiles
  • Toilet Dividers
  • Seats and Tables, and even
  • Public artworks!

“It’s hard not to smile at this Crocodile. It’s a money-maker for ratepayers,” said Liverpool mayor Ned Mannoun.

 “It’s the latest in technology and we have the only one in South-West Sydney.

“It will help contain costs as we continue our back-to-basics agenda.”

To find out more about The Croc, go to https://ow.ly/xp4n50Q8bhA

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