A mattress recycling firm capable of recycling 97 per cent of the recovered material has begun operating in South London.
Matt UK, which is a subsidiary of HTL Recycling and Waste Management Services, extracts the steel springs inside the mattresses and then strips the mattresses separating the material into foam, felt and polyester. The materials are then distributed for recycling.
Owner of the HTL Group, Pedro Connolly said: The ethos behind the firm has always been to look at all waste streams coming in and diverting as much of it from landfill as possible in a cost-effective way.
Currently, the firm is trialling the process with local authorities and commercial businesses in order to find out how much material it is able to process. The textiles stripped from the mattresses are also being trialled as low quality industrial wipes to determine exactly what the varying qualities can be used for.
Matt UK director Ray Bagnall said: We are managing to deconstruct 400 mattresses a week at the moment but our aim is to do 1,000 a day.
All the mattresses are manually stripped using the companys bespoke equipment, and specialist cutting tools while the fabric is industrial washed in order to remove as much dirt as possible. Domestic mattresses are being recycled at the facility only.
According to Bagnall, there are minimal mattress recycling services available in the UK and these tend to utilise the steel springs only, incinerating the other materials.