Berliners will be able to log in to a website, order a mattress collection and pay the fee. For a central Berlin address with collection on 25 February, this ranges from EUR75 ($85) for a 70x180cm mattress to EUR79 for a 200x220cm mattress. The price is EUR10 lower for each subsequent mattress.
The mattress will then be taken away and dismantled, and the recovered foam fed into the BASF process.
By the end of 2022, the companies expect to have pilot quantities of mattress foams made from reprocessed end-of-life mattress foam.
BASF has yet to make the details of its process clear, but said it is developing a wet chemical recycling process for used mattresses. ‘Small scale trials have been very promising,’ it said.
‘[The process enables] original polyols to be recovered [and] the quality of flexible foam blocks made from recycled polyurethane are equivalent to those made from fossil fuel sources,' BASF said.
'We want to build a partner network along with Neveon and close the loop step by step,' said Sven Crone, who is responsible for BASF's isocyanates and precursors business.
Neveon's CEO Oliver Bruns said: 'We need to drive the transformation to a circular system where product sat the end of their life cycle are not waste, but valuable raw material.'
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