As most people are now aware, we can no longer send mattresses to landfill. In recent years, a large number of organisations have begun recycling mattresses. While this may seem like a positive step, a significant problem remains, what happens to the individual components of a mattress once it has been deconstructed.
Recycling Lives is currently working in partnership with Exsel CIC, based in Skelmersdale, to establish an effective and environmentally friendly way of dealing with mattress springs. Exsel already have an established mattress recycling facility, and work with high profile companies such as Silent Night and IKEA in order to provide a solution for their end-of-life mattresses.
Martin Gamester, Development Director of Exsel stated:
“Removing the springs from mattresses reduces landfill by approximately 94.6 per cent, and what you are left with is 90% fresh air. Transporting springs to scrap dealers is not cost effective, especially as the rate for spring steel is less than normal.
We have been working with Recycling Lives, trialling different ideas on how we can reduce the cubic capacity of the springs so that it becomes a viable option. We have found a solution that reduces the spring to three per cent of its original size!”
Recycling Lives and Exsel will be piloting the process over the next couple of months and will hopefully have a viable solution for mattress spring recycling in the not-too-distant future.
Dave Allen, Development Manager of Recycling Lives commented:
“With extensive experience in the scrap metal trade, Recycling Lives has access to a wide range of technology that can be used across a number of different waste streams. We have found a processing method that has reduced a double spring from its standard size of 78″ x 54″ x 7″ to 13″ x 13″ x 5″. That’s a huge 97% reduction in cubic capacity”.
So, it seems like another positive step for Recycling Lives in terms of recycling technology development. The teams at both Recycling Lives and Exsel are confident that they have identified a viable solution to the problem of mattress component recycling, so watch this space for more information as the pilot scheme gets underway.