John Lewis partners with Furniture Recycling Group to recycle mattresses

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A mattress recycling machine

Retail giant, John Lewis has joined forces with The Furniture Recycling Group (TFRG), a Blackburn-based mattress-recycling firm, to increase the number of mattresses that are being recycled.

Approximately 167,000 tonnes of mattresses are reportedly sent to landfill each year in the UK.

As a direct result of the partnership between John Lewis and TFRG, John Lewis is said to have been to able to collect and recycle approximately 58,000 mattresses in 2016, diverting around 1,500 tonnes of waste from landfill.

With TFRG's support, John Lewis offers its customers the option to include a mattress disposal and recycling service whenever they order a new mattress for delivery. As part of the service, John Lewis picks up customers’ old mattresses and takes them to one of its distribution hubs. From there, the mattresses are sent to TFRG to be broken down into their components using the company’s mattress recycling machine. The components are then repurposed and reused by TFRG to manufacture new mattresses.

Ben Thomas, sustainability manager at John Lewis, said: “In the future we hope to go even further and find new uses for the materials extracted from the mattresses we send to TFRG, to help close the loop on waste.”

Nick Oettinger, managing director at TFRG, added: “It’s reassuring to see retailers are now thinking about the end of life scenario for their products. Since our launch we have diverted over one million mattresses and 3,500 tons of mattress components from landfill, and with John Lewis on board we can look to see these promising figures growing more and more.”

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