Waste is a failure of the imagination. A lack of courage, a support of mediocrity.
We hate to see dumb things done in the name of the status quo. Waste is a waste and Garbologie will change the world to get rid of it. Garbologie is a business in formation in Perth, Western Australia. It is a business that will disrupt waste management to create a world without waste. It is formed out of the vision of Adam Johnson.
Right now – we are dealing with mattresses.
In Western Australia we dump 170,000 mattresses in landfill each year. That’s 85,000 cubic metres of space. That’s huge. Massive. And we have chosen to see it as an awesome opportunity…
Do you have a mattress you need to get rid of?
We recycle mattresses, tearing them down into their components. Selling those components to recyclers. As much as we can. Trying always to sell more stuff on. We don’t recycle everything yet, but that’s the end point.
What are we recycling from mattresses?
With mattresses, we sell steel springs as scrap metal and foam for remanufacture to carpet underlay. We also separate out wadding, coir (coconut fibre) and cotton padding because we reckon we can find markets for these components. For ensemble bases, we’re keen in the timber (selling it as garden frames where we can, and where we can’t, mulching it) and steel springs. Again, we separate our the wadding and coir for when we can sell it into new markets.
We don’t have the whole answer. Yet. This is but our first step towards a world without waste.