Ikea introduces national mattress recycling program

Ikea US, Conshohocken, Pennsylvania, has launched a national mattress recycling program.

The Swedish interior design company says the new program is in line with its sustainability strategy “Turning waste into resources”. Ikea launched its strategy for the positive sustainability of people and the planet in October 2012. The strategy outlines the company’s plans to achieve certain sustainability goals by 2020, including the use of 100 percent renewable energy.

The mattress recycling program includes all brands of old mattresses that are picked up when new Ikea mattresses are delivered, as well as any returned mattresses in Ikea stores.

“The goal is not to land any waste and to recycle as much as possible,” says Ikea.

“In line with our strategy for positive sustainability for people and the planet, Ikea has decided to take a leadership role in converting waste into resources. We are committed to securing recycled materials while ensuring that key parts of our range can be easily recycled – everything contributes to a closed society, ”said Lisa Davis, sustainability manager at Ikea in the US.

An estimated 18 million box spring mattresses are disposed of in the US each year, resulting in approximately 50,000 mattresses ending up in landfills across America every day, the company said. Some of these mattresses are disposed of illegally, resulting in large landfills. IKEA understands that mattresses need to be recycled to conserve resources such as steel, foam and wood that can be used in new products.

According to Ikea, at least 80 percent of a mattress can be recycled. The fabric and foam can be converted into carpet underlay, and the felt and cotton can be recycled into new felt and insulation. The wood is recycled into biofuel or other recycled wood products. The plastic and steel are also recycled.

In addition to the sustainability aspect of recycling mattresses, Ikea has launched a community donation program of 5,000 Dreams that focuses on supporting newly arrived refugee families in local Ikea store communities. Through three partner refugee organizations, Ikea has started donating beds and bedding – a total of 5,000 over the next two years – to refugee families who are starting over with their families. The three established refugee organizations are the US Committee on Refugees and Immigrants, the International Rescue Committee, and the Ethiopian Community Development Council.

According to Ikea, the mattress recycling service is offered for a fee of approximately $ 25, except in California, where state regulations require the service to be offered free by the state and available in all stores. The company states that there will be times year round when this service is available for free if buyers are part of the Ikea family. The mattress removal service is not offered via e-commerce.

Ikea was founded in Sweden in 1943 and has more than 392 stores in 48 countries, 44 of which are in the United States

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