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It is estimated that around 63,339,000 mattresses are currently in use in the UK, and 167,000 tonnes of mattresses are sent to landfill every year. With only 16 percent of disposed of mattresses recycled each year, it’s not surprising that we have started looking into easier and quicker ways of recycling more mattresses to prevent them going to landfill.
That’s where the Furniture Recycling Group step in! They have designed, developed and launched the world first automated recycling machine. It has been designed to streamline the recycling process, and the once time consuming task of manually taking apart pocket spring mattresses with a knife to separate the components is significantly reduced to just 2.5 minutes per pocket spring.
The separated components of steel and polypropylene can then be sold on, re used as scrap or recycled.
The machine has been patented, and the Furniture Recycling Group are already developing new machinery to improve the mattress recycling process further.
Nick Oettinger RIGHT) , founder and managing director of TFR Group said: “As far as we know, we are the first company in the world to design and create a machine to automate pocket spring recycling.
“Pocket springs are the most difficult components of mattresses to dismantle and recycle. There can be between 1,000 and 10,000 springs on each mattress, so it was our priority to develop this piece of machinery.
“We are working with manufacturing partners to produce more versions of the machine to be sold all over the world, speeding up pocket spring recycling for organisations in the UK and beyond.
“There is currently very little in the way of automation within the mattress recycling industry, with the majority of tasks being carried out manually. This can be time consuming, a drain on labour costs and require rigorous training.
“This is the first in a series of machines that will speed up mattress recycling, and we also have designs for additional machinery to help bring automation to the mattress recycling process.”
Already several other countries have shown interest in the design, including the Netherlands and the United States.
If you have a mattress or other waste types that need to be removed, you may want to consider hiring a skip. That’s where we can help! You can visit us at www.findaskip.co.uk or give us a call on 0800 019 4530 for a fast and competitive quote.