With the weekend in sight, I'd like to announce that I am pro-nap, especially on a lazy Sunday afternoon when I should be doing laundry. Which leads me to bring up mattresses and a growing issue with the need to recycle used mattresses.
California's Bye Bye Mattress program recently reported it has now recycled more than 5 million mattresses since 2016. That's enough to span nearly 6,000 miles, or the length of a bridge from California to Hawaii and back, according to the Mattress Recycling Council.
It also adds up to 26.3 million pounds of polyurethane foam that was recycled through the program.
The number of mattresses coming in for recycling is adding up. Think of all those "bed in a box" home delivery mattresses, and consider what people are doing with their old mattresses. So MRC has created a $1 million research fund to find new things to do with all that used foam and other materials.
"The number of used mattresses dismantled by MRC recyclers and the amount of steel, foam and other materials reclaimed is steadily growing each year. To sustain future growth, it is vital that we help identify new economically viable uses for those materials," MRC President Ryan Trainer said.