Mattress King believes mattresses belong in bedrooms, not landfills
That’s why Mattress King has partnered with Spring Back Mattress Recycling of Nashville, Tenn. to keep used mattresses out of Alabama’s landfills.
- - Over 30 million mattresses are sent to landfills across the country each year
- - Mattresses range in size from 27 to 60 cubic feet and average 60 pounds.
- - Mattresses decompose slowly in a landfill, often taking over a decade
- - Mattresses absorb hazardous materials and store flammable pockets of air
- - If thrown in machinery, mattresses can destroy compactors due to bulkiness and metal coils
Working with Spring Back, Mattress King and sister companies (Mattress Warehouse of W.Va. and Sleep Outfitters) keep more than 20,000 used mattresses out of community landfills each year.
The Spring Back crew recycles 90 percent of materials by deconstructing the old mattress and using the materials for other purposes such as carpet padding and landscaping mulch. In just a few minutes, the Spring Back crew can disassemble a mattress that would take years to decompose in a landfill.
Spring Back Mattress Recycling
The Spring Back mattress recycling project is the brainchild of the Belmont University chapter of ENACTUS (formerly Students In Free Enterprise), an international student organization attempting to affect social change through free enterprise. The mattress recycling operation employs formerly incarcerated men in an effort to help them pick up the pieces of their lives. At the ENACTUS World Cup competition in Washington, DC in September 2012, Belmont’s Spring Back mattress recycling program won first place out of ideas submitted by 38 countries.
There is so much more to learn about the Spring Back Recycling program! Find out more today!
- - National Public Radio’s Morning Edition featured this report about Spring Back Mattress Recycling in January 2012. Belmont University Finance Professor and Spring Back President John Gonas, and iMS Vice President of Operations Andrew Bloomfield were interviewed (Morning Edition January 18, 2012).
- - Spring Back President Dr. John Gonas and IMS VP Operations Andrew Bloomfield discussed mattress recycling on All Sides with Ann Fisher on Columbus public radio station WOSU-FM on May 14, 2013 (All Sides)