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Bed-makers consider EPR scheme

Bed manufacturers are set to establish a national recycling scheme based on extended producer responsibility principles

The National Bed Federation (NBF) leadership has been told by its members to set ambitious recycling targets, and work towards a viable national recycling scheme to be considered at its Spring Forum next year.

It is also investigating reuse schemes.

The trade body, which represents British and Irish bed manufacturers and their component suppliers, will focus on the disposal and recycling of mattresses, divans, bases, beds and headboards. 

Tony Lisanti, group chief executive of Airsprung and chairman of the committee, said: “We recognise that the industry has a moral and ethical duty to help find and promote solutions which will reduce and ultimately eliminate landfill disposal.

“Through education and best practice advice, the industry will be encouraged to move towards greater resource efficiency and embrace the principles of the circular economy.”

NBF reports on end-of-life mattresses found that, in 2015, less than 15% were diverted from landfill and more than 80% of this recycling was overseen by local authorities.

The NBF has worked with the Textile Recycling Association to set up an independently audited register of approved mattress recyclers and the register is due to be launched early next year.

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