Friday, January 30, 2009

Learning something new about mattresses?

As I make my way around the internet looking for more environmentally friendly articles and websites I find I learn something new every day.

Over the past several weeks I have been educated about mattresses. Sounds like a sleeper to you maybe, but in the recycling world mattresses are a big problem.
Picture a dump site with piles of mattresses.

Mattresses at the landfill
Those mattresses would sit there almost forever and take up more space to boot. In addition mattress can not be compacted so they take up a lot of space at the landfill.

Well, I met a guy who is working hard to fight this issue. He is Chuck Brickman from OHIO Mattress Recovery and Recycling. His company is working hard to keep mattresses out of the waste stream.

Chuck says that 94% of the materials in mattresses is recyclable. He has sources for each of the materials that are removed from each mattress. The fiber covering gets reclaimed. The springs are taken to a metal recycler. And any wood from the box springs are used mainly for fire wood.

He is currently working with colleges and universities to add mattress recycling to their sustainability and green programs. Other sources are hotels and motels who may be upgrading their rooms.

Chuck has just updated the web site for Ohio Mattress Recovery and Recycling to give his customers a better understanding of his business. He also has a blog now, which allows him to regularly update on the progress of this important green business. Stop by and check out his web page to see what happens to mattresses.

Keep up the good work Chuck!

7 comments:

  1. Hello Robert,

    We are looking forward to working with you and the great state of New York to help colleges and universities to help them become more sustainable. we have submitted a proposal to NYU, Fredonia, and many other colleges in the midwest to help them reduce their ecological footprint.

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  2. Hello Robert,

    I just wanted to say thank you for your great posts. I am trying to help adverstise another company from this link on my website.

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  3. Hi Rob I as Chuck this as well, I would like to know what they make or use the fiber covering for. I think they would burn it due to disease and other air borne viruses. I would not want to buy anything from the fabric. I think it is great what they are doing and I am looking forward what Chuck tells me about this. I might already be using the fabric or have used it and don’t even know I have. I was under the impression that they have to burn the fabric and any of the wood because of the viruses and disease that can get into them.
    Thanks
    Chris D. Maenza Sr.

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  4. Hello Chris,

    The cloth materials are sent to a textile recycler in the carolinas, that shredds them, launders them and sends the materials to China. I have no idea what the end use to these products may be. Thanks for your comment.

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  5. Thanks a Chuck I had no clue. Great Deal on the NY work hope you get the work.
    Thanks
    Chris

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