June 17, 2024

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Slowdown in housing sales put a kink in Colorado’s mattress recycling

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Recycling old mattresses was already a major challenge. But a recent snag has caused recycler Spring Back Colorado to feel even more deflated. Its buyer of the foam it strips out of used mattresses stopped taking the waste material last fall. 

The unwanted foam, typically recycled into carpet padding, is now taking up valuable space in the Commerce City processing plant. And Peter Conway, Spring Back’s president, is torn about what to do.

“We have hundreds of thousands of pounds of foam and we’re just sitting on it,” Conway said. “Our only other option is to pay to throw it away.”

He doesn’t want to do that. He’s looking for an alternative. But recycling just doesn’t happen if there’s no one on the receiving end ready to turn the unwanted materials into…

Tamara Chuang

2024-06-11 04:23:00

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