Following a partnership with Ikea, Dutch recyclers Renewi and RetourMatras have opened a new mattress recycling facility in the city of Zeeland. The site can process more than 400 000 discarded mattresses per year.
Now the new facility has opened its doors, the Netherlands is able to recycle upwards of one million post-consumer mattresses annually. Project partners note that this is the third dedicated recycling plant in the region. They expect it will be mandatory to recycle all Dutch mattresses reaching end-of-life stage from January 2021.
At the moment, a large proportion is incinerated. The new recycling hub is said to offer a 100% sustainable solution to recover metals, textiles, latex and polyurethane foam. An estimated 90% will go into the production of new mattresses.
‘Adding another recycling location to the list fits perfectly into our “waste no more” vision,’ says Renewi managing director Meinderdjan Botma. ‘It allows us to play a crucial role as the industry moves towards a circular economy. It’s also great to see that a big player such as Ikea is taking its responsibility.’
‘Ikea tops all mattress sales in the Netherlands,’ adds Alberic Pater, country business development manager at Ikea, which wants to be ‘fully circular’ by 2030. This means all materials in its products have to be either recyclable or made from recycled content.
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