For many years now, I have watched and participated in our industry’s steady work toward achieving sensible mattress recycling. Yet I’m worried. Suddenly, after decades of gradual increases in voluntary mattress recycling, laws to require mandatory mattress recycling have emerged as the No. 1 threat to our industry. Year after year, our industry has improved […]
As traditional methods of used mattress disposal become more expensive and subject to regulation in some states, recycling is assuming a more prominent role in helping the bedding industry manage the longtime challenge of what to do with big, boxy rectangles at the end of their useful lives. In numerous states ranging from California to […]
“If you think the issue of used mattress recycling doesn’t affect you, think again.” That was a key message at a well-attended mattress recycling forum sponsored by the International Sleep Products Association Jan. 29 at the World Market Center in Las Vegas. “In 2013, more states will consider burdensome recycling laws that may cost mattress […]
Hilton Worldwide has announced a mattress recycling program in coordination with the installation of new Serta mattresses and box springs at its properties. Through the effort, Hilton expects to recycle roughly 85% of its bed sets, dismantling the units into components for use in other applications. “Our hotels have purchased more than 50,000 mattresses in […]
The International Sleep Products Association maintains a searchable database of dozens of mattress recycling facilities throughout the United States and Canada that dismantle used mattresses and recycle the reclaimed materials. Most collect a processing fee to help defray the costs of running such operations. You can see the entire list at ISPA’s Bye Bye Mattress Recycling Locator.
According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, recycling efforts in the United States have increased steadily the past five decades. Only about 8% of the U.S. waste stream was recycled in 1960. That number increased to 17% in 1990 and is about 33% today.
Temperatures in the continental United States in 2012 were the hottest since record keeping began more than a century ago, scientists at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration announced in January. Seven of the 10 warmest years on record have been since 1990. The average temperature in 2012 was 55.3 degrees Fahrenheit, 3.2 degrees above […]
Editor’s note: This article is intended as an overview of some of the most commonly sought voluntary certifications available for finished mattresses, component parts and sleep accessories. It is not intended as a definitive guide and does not include discussion of mandatory federal flammability standards, which have been covered extensively in past issues of BedTimes […]
Today, companies find themselves caught in crosswinds. The mattress industry is a perfect example of being caught in a windstorm. Before the Great Recession, the increasing costs of petroleum-based products, steel and other vital components to mattress production were squeezing the profits of both suppliers and manufacturers. The pressures subsided during the economic downturn, but […]
By Mark E. Battersby Looking for a way to make your company—and your bottom line—“greener”? Uncle Sam wants to reward mattress manufacturers and sleep products companies that improve the energy efficiency of the buildings that house their operations. In fact, all so-called “commercial buildings” may qualify for these tax deductions. Even those that only partially […]