Making the case for mattress recycling

Julie A. Palm

Julie Palm, editor in chief

It’s easy to toss cans into the recycling bin; mattresses not so much.

In a guest blog post published Oct. 3 on The Huffington Post’s Green section, ISPA President Ryan Trainer clearly lays out the environmental and health/safety case for a national mattress recycling program for all those big white rectangles.

The International Sleep Products Association has been promoting the dismantling of mattresses and recycling of their components for two decades, working with mattress makers, retailers and recyclers to make the process efficient and cost-effective.

As part of its efforts, ISPA also aided students at Belmont University in Nashville, Tenn., who created a successful program called Spring Back Recycling. The Belmont team recently won the Enactus World Cup in Washington, D.C., besting teams from 38 other countries that also developed sustainable businesses that provide a social benefit. It’s an honor for the students and great publicity for the importance of keeping mattresses out of landfills—and out of the hands of unscrupulous renovators.

ISPA needs broad support for its push for a national recycling program that would benefit the entire mattress industry. Check out Ryan’s blog post and share it with your industry colleagues and lawmakers on Capitol Hill.


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