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Used Mattresses ... Recycled or refurbished

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Used Mattresses ... Recycled or refurbished

  1. 1. WIRMC February 2016 Brian Tippetts  Part-owner 7 Rivers Recycling  Business Manager Hilltopper Refuse and Recycling  Immediate Past President and officer of SWANA
  2. 2. What happens to a used mattress  Landfill  Relative  Thrift store  Waste–to-energy  Renovator/refurbisher  Recycled
  3. 3. What is Mattress Recycling? Recycled or Recycling: includes collection, sorting, marketing, processing, and transforming or remanufacturing Recyclable Materials into Recycled Materials and Recycled Products,… …“refurbishing”, which is less extensive, including renovating, repairing, restoring, or generally improving the appearance, performance, quality, functionality, or value of the used product for reuse or resale. Source: www.swan.org T-0 definitions
  4. 4. Mattress Law Wis. Stat. § 100.2095 (1) In this section, "bedding" means any mattress, upholstered spring, comforter, pad, cushion or pillow designed and manufactured for the purpose of sleeping or reclining. (4) No person in the business of selling bedding may sell, offer for sale, consign for sale or possess with intent to sell, offer for sale or consign for sale any article of bedding if the article of bedding contains any material that has been used in any hospital or has been used by or about any person having an infectious or contagious disease. (5) No person in the business of distributing or selling bedding, with intent to distribute, sell, offer for sale or consign for sale any article of bedding, may represent that any article of bedding, which contains material that has been previously used in other bedding, is manufactured of material that has not been previously used in other bedding.
  5. 5. NEW MATTRESS OLD MATTRESS
  6. 6. What’s the big deal with the resale or refurbishing of mattresses? Bed Bugs MRSA (Super Bug) Needles/paraphernalia
  7. 7. Who Are the refurbishers? The Department of Business Affairs and Consumer Protection began investigating mattress refurbishers and stores that sell refurbished bedding after many consumers complained that recently purchased mattresses were infested with bedbugs. The Department cited these businesses (below) for misrepresenting the bedding they manufactured or sold. Over 7 pages.
  8. 8. Thrift Store Mattresses Buying a refurbished mattress can be risky if the item hasn't been carefully inspected and thoroughly disinfected. Bed bugs, urine and feces stains, bodily fluids, food particles, roaches, fleas and bacteria could all be present in a used mattress. Weigh the risks against the benefits when deciding to purchase a refurbished mattress; if you have small children or elderly people in your home you might decide to go ahead and spend the extra money on a new mattress.
  9. 9. Mattress Recycling Standards What are they?
  10. 10. Used Mattress Ethics 1. Is it legal? 2. Is the consumer informed? 3. Is the consumer educated? 4. To the extent possible, avoid arrangements with unethical parties.
  11. 11. What mattress recyclers fail? Recycling mattresses for less than 1 year Are not making a reasonable profit Loss of subsidized labor or financial donors Loss of key leadership
  12. 12. How to identify a legit recycler with staying power?  Years in business as a business  Years recycling mattresses  Registered/listed mattress recycler  Active, not just a member, in relevant associations  Detail of relationship with refurbishers  Pricing  Website  Phone  Landfills used and detail of usage  Agency references
  13. 13. What does it cost to “recycle” a mattress? On 5/23/15 every Mattress Recycling Council “Registered”/ “Listed” mattress recycler with a website was searched for pricing w/o transportation . Average price: $15.39/unit Mean price: $15/unit
  14. 14. More Mattress Math 37 Million mattresses sold in the US every year 20 Million mattresses discarded in the US every year If $10 is collected for every mattress sold in the US, that would make $18.50 available to recycle every mattress discarded.
  15. 15. Mattress recycling wages Living wage 2015 - $12.62 The bidder agrees to pay a base wage of not less than the City minimum hourly wage Contractor agrees to offer and provide benefits to employees with domestic partners
  16. 16. Mattress Costs Payroll Building/office/ utilities Equipment Taxes/Insurance Marketing per SBA 7-8 % ROI/expansion (S&P 500) >10% 43% 15% 12% 16% 7%7% Payroll Building/utlities/ops Equipment Taxes/insurance Marketing ROI
  17. 17. Transportation costs http://www.thetruckersreport.c om/infographics/cost-of- trucking/ http://www.dat.com/resources /trendlines/van/national-rates
  18. 18. Transportation costs per internet and full semi Madison to La Crosse 140 miles $4.80/unit
  19. 19. How to kill mattress recycling in Wisconsin
  20. 20. How to expand mattress recycling 1. Stop landfill subsidies Uncover the hidden costs of landfilling  Airspace waste  Equipment downtime  Workers comp  Mattress placement costs  Larger fires The 2 minute mattress
  21. 21. www.7RiversRecycling.com Thank you, Brian Tippetts 608 781 0257

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