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Mattress Recycling Rate Increases by 55% in 3 Years

The National Bed Federation’s (NBF’s), which Elite are members of, third report on the rate of mattress recycling in the UK has revealed a 55% increase in the number of mattresses being handled by recyclers between 2015 and 2017 and evidence that this growth will continue in the near term. The recycling rate, calculated as a percentage of new mattress replacement sales, has increased from 15% in 2016 to 19% in 2017.

Recycling mattresses is a priority.

The report estimates that 7.26 million /181,500 tonnes[1] of mattresses were disposed of by households, businesses and service providers in 2017 at a cost of over £20m, excluding transport and handling – 91% of all new mattress sales. Of these, 19% - 1.363 million / 32,3271 tonnes - were diverted from landfill to mattress recycling businesses.


“It is gratifying to see this organic increase in the rate of mattresses being diverted from landfill but we still have a lot to do if we are going to meet the NBF’s ambitious target of 75% diversion from landfill by 2028 through a combination of mattress recycling with Energy from Waste (EfW).” says Tony Lisanti, President of the National Bed Federation.

Mattresses are generally recognised as a problematic and costly waste stream because of their weight, bulkiness, low reuse potential and low value of the materials that can be recovered from them. Nevertheless, market forces are driving improved segregated collection and recycling rates. The imminent launch of the Register of Approved Mattress Recyclers (RAMR) scheme, being developed by a stakeholder panel including the NBF and the Textile Recycling Association, will be another milestone in that journey to tackle this issue.


If you are looking for a way to dispose of your old mattresses give us a call on 0141 429 1124 and we would be happy to talk to you and point you in the right direction ensuring they are being disposed of correct.


The full report can be accessed online at https://www.bedfed.org.uk/nbf-recycle/


[1] Based on an average mattress weight of 25g

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