Zero Waste Scotland 190pxDespite an increase in the overall UK mattress recycling rate, regional data highlighted a specific group of regions and nations where recycling rates had decreased. Scotland was identified as one of these nations, where the recycling rate has fallen below 1%. This is due to a lack of reporting of mattress recycling and having only one specialist mattress recycler, which opened in 2018.
One possible solution to improving the circularity of mattresses is to design and implement an Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) scheme for Scotland. ACR+ member Zero Waste Scotland and the National Bed Federation have agreed to work in partnership to explore and develop means for improving the whole life cycle management of mattresses in Scotland. This will require addressing key concerns surrounding the management of resources used to manufacture mattresses, and the advancement and availability of circular solutions used to handle mattresses at the post-consumer stage.

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