Currently, discarded mattresses are mainly thermally recycled or disposed of in landfills - BASF and NEVEON want to change this and return mattress foams to the product life cycle. Mattresses consist of valuable raw materials such as metal from spring cores, textile fabrics and to a large extent plastics (e.g.: polyurethane). In addition to using the old mattresses for chemical recycling, they are also suitable for further processing into composite foam. The utilization via chemical recycling as well as the further processing into composite foam thus provide two circular approaches as to how used mattresses can be brought back into the cycle in the future.
"We are currently in talks with many companies along the entire value chain about the feasibility of a mattress circularity - because it is clear to us that we will only succeed as a team."
We are currently in talks with many companies along the entire value chain about the feasibility of a mattress circularity - because it is clear to us that we will only succeed as a team.This requires the efforts of the entire value chain. An important building block in the direction of a closed cycle - which already begins with the product and eco-design of mattresses - is also, as a first step, the systematic collection and recycling of old mattresses. Extensive infrastructures that support recycling processes from collection to single-variety recovery of raw materials do not currently exist in either Austria or Germany. In addition to the technology that already exists and is still being researched, the organizational processes for sustainable mattress recycling still need to be implemented in this country. For this reason, NEVEON is currently working on various approaches to collecting old mattresses. In the first step, NEVEON focuses on the return and recycling of mattresses. However, the big goal is to promote the general circularity of PU foam, without limitation to mattresses.
Pilot project for mattress take-back in Berlin
With remattress.de, a B2C online platform launched by NEVEON for booking a mattress pickup in Berlin, NEVEON is pursuing the goal of collecting old mattresses, dismantling them professionally and adding them to the currently best possible recycling method. On the online booking platform www.remattress.de, Berliners have therefore been able to book the collection of their old mattresses quickly and conveniently at the click of a mouse since February. "The driver was on time and everything worked, high praise," shared a joyful remattress.de customer. The collection of a mattress via remattress.de makes a first important contribution to the circular economy of mattresses.