News: USA: Mattress recycling growing, as path of Pala furniture illustrates
Recycling is coming slowly to the $9 billion mattress industry, as the journey of mattresses purchased when the Pala Casino Spa & Resort opened in 2001 shows.
Monday, 1st February 2010
Most top-drawer hotels replace their mattresses every five to 10 years. The mattresses often then are resold to budget chains; others go to liquidators, recyclers and resellers. Increasingly, municipalities and states are pressured to reduce waste and recycle more, but the economics of mattress recycling is tight.As dump fees and reuse pressures increase, opportunities have been created to rebuild mattresses. All of these old Pala mattresses will go through a state-mandated sanitizing process before they are rebuilt and resold. None will go to a dump.