Target: Students apart of the Spring Back Recycling project at Belmont University
Goal: Support Belmont University students working to reduce mattress waste in American landfills and city streets.
A shocking 175 million pounds of mattress waste are brought to the trash yard every year to rot away and diminish space. Therefore, with limited space and an enormous amount of waste, most of these mattresses are recovered with low-cost fabrics and resold as ‘new.’ This raises the suspicions of both retailers and recyclers who may have purchased an unclean and unsafe mattress that has been merely replaced with a sinful slip cover. It is no surprise that people would be unwilling to lay their heads on possible bed bug- infested mattresses especially because of the recent threat in cities such as New York.
Students apart of the Spring Back Recycling program at Belmont University understand the importance of taking responsibility for consumer waste. They have hired homeless people and former prison inmates to dismantle the typical 60 pound product of fiber, foam, and steel springs in hopes to initiate a mattress recycling program on a nationwide scale.
There are very few recycling companies attracted to urban areas due to the high cost of real estate and labor. This prompts people to just throw the chunk of fabric right on the streets. Ryan Trainer, president of the International Sleep Products Association has pushed for the creation of a federal recycling initiative to call attention to the excessive problem of discarded mattresses.
Small projects like Spring Back Recycling should be supported by the governments and businesses so that urban city recycling companies can start to properly recycle all waste. These important recycling projects are a step in the right direction to ensure the proper renewal of waste materials.
Dear Spring Back Recycling Program,
Thank you for taking the initiative to create a recycling program that serves to diminish mattress waste. With raised suspicions of bedbugs in cities such as New York, many people would be unwilling to purchase an unsafe mattresses straight from the American landfills embodied in a slick cover-up. This project and other small recycling projects alike must be supported by the federal government to ensure the safe removal of all waste materials.
Let us bring awareness to the safe removal of mattresses nationwide. Often, consumers are unaware of where their waste materials are going after they hit the trash can. That is why the support of small recycling programs such as Spring Back Recycling, is a positive way to make clean changes in the right direction. We hope that more recycling companies will be drawn to the urban areas where mattress recycling in non-existent.
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Photo Credit: Spring Back Recycling Program at Belmont University