Alexandria, Virginia – The Mattress Recycling Council has now recycled more than 10 million mattresses in the three states where it runs programmes, California, Connecticut and Rhode Island.
MRC estimates that more than 170kT of foam, steel, fibre and wood have now been diverted from landfill thanks to its activities. Instead, they have been recycled into new products.
MRC is also funding research projects to find new and better uses for old mattress materials. It is looking for creative proposals that show how mattress components might be used to make new or reformulated products. Grants of up to $100,000 are available.
‘Since our first programme launched in 2015, MRC has provided residents with highly accessible recycling services, diverted many thousands of tons of recyclable materials from the waste stream and created hundreds of green jobs,’ said MRC MD Mike O’Donnell. ‘We share this achievement with the mattress manufacturers, retailers, recyclers, state and local officials, research partners and countless others who have collaborated with MRC to make this milestone possible.’