NBF and Zero Waste Scotland join forces to cut mattress waste

Written by: Maddie Ballard | Published:
Around 600,000 mattresses are disposed of in Scotland each year

The National Bed Federation (NBF) and Zero Waste Scotland have announced a collaborative three-year research project to encourage mattress recycling and sustainable design.

The two organisations will design a proposed extended producer responsibility (EPR) scheme for mattresses in Scotland, to push producers to design products that last longer, are easy to repair, and can be recycled at the end of their lives.

Around 600,000 mattresses are disposed of in Scotland each year, but Zero Waste Scotland estimates that less than 1% are collected for recycling – representing a loss of reusable materials such as steel and natural and synthetic fibres.

The production of those 600,000 mattresses is also estimated to generate more greenhouse gases than 7,000 around-the-world flights.

Mattresses are one of Scotland’s most commonly fly-tipped items.

Jessica Alexander, executive director of the NBF, said: “As the association representing a majority of the UK mattress manufacturers, we are delighted to be working closely with Zero Waste Scotland in what is a very exciting, challenging, and necessary project.

“We hope the outcome will provide practical, workable solutions to some of those challenges for everyone across the UK involved in ensuring our mattresses are truly anchored in a sustainable, circular future.”

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