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Posted on: September 1, 2016

Couches and Armchairs Collected for Recycling at CVRD Recycling Centres

Couches and Armchairs Collected for Recycling at CVRD Recycling Centres

Duncan, BC – When you no longer have a use for your lumpy couch or old armchair, you can give them a new start by dropping them off at a Cowichan Valley Regional District (CVRD) recycling centre. Instead of heading to a landfill, over 70 per cent of the material will be repurposed.

“We started a pilot program to recycle couches and armchairs in 2015,” explains Board Chair Jon Lefebure. “The pilot was very popular so we have made it a permanent program. We anticipate diverting about 2,000 units from landfill each year. This leading edge program will enable our citizens to responsibly deal with these bulky items.”

The CVRD has been recycling mattresses since 2012. The goal of recycling upholstery furniture is to separate and repurpose all the reusable components, e.g. the foam, metal, plastic and wood. The foam can be washed and used as carpet underlay or packing material; recyclable plastic can be recycled; wood can be used for biofuel; and scrap metal for the manufacturing of new metal products.

“Recycling these materials means spending money in our regional economy and on local employment instead of exporting garbage to the US,” says Lefebure.

For a complete list of materials that are accepted at CVRD recycling centres visit
www.cvrd.bc.ca/recycling.

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