We value everything we do at Eco Matt Recycling and cherish the success of saving mattresses from landfill and contributing to a much-needed circular economy. We have extended and evolved this contribution not just to the environment but also to society by helping marginalised groups gain employment as well as access to higher self-esteem, self-worth and to participate in society much more productively.
clean sheet partnership
We are very proud to say that we have partnered with Clean Sheet, an amazing charity that helps people with past offences. We now have a workforce that has a large portion of people who have limited work opportunities due to regrettable mistakes made in their lives but want to move away from the stigma and its perceived limitations. We believe in giving people a second chance. We don’t judge people on what they have done in the past, preferring instead to focus on what they can do in the future.
ALL THE EX-OFFENDERS WE RECRUIT ARE HIGHLY MOTIVATED, HARD WORKING AND GENUINELY WANT TO CONTRIBUTE TO OUR COMPANY. TO PUT IT SIMPLY, RECRUITING EX-OFFENDERS HAS BEEN GREAT FOR OUR BUSINESS.
Currently, there are approximately 10 million people in the UK with a criminal conviction and we believe it is absurd to throw such a large section of society on the employment scrapheap. By carefully selecting the right individuals to work in our business, we have enabled ex-offenders to have a second chance in life. Often, other employers don’t realise they can be missing out on some very talented, hardworking individuals. Currently, our retention rate for colleagues who we have recruited that have a criminal conviction is approximately 75%. This means the vast majority of these colleagues do not re-offend.
Prisons and re-offending costs the UK taxpayer approximately £11 billion per year. We believe that by offering people an alternative to crime, and enabling them to break the offending cycle, we can make a real difference in society. Statistics prove that employment can be a significant factor in reducing re-offending, which is good news for all of us.
If you are an employer who would like more information about engaging with ex-offenders, please visit Clean Sheet:
If you value the work Clean Sheet does, please donate directly to them:
If you have a criminal conviction and would like some advice regarding disclosure, please follow the link below:
Clean Sheet is a Charitable Incorporated Organisation; registered Charity number 1154034