ACR+ member the North London Waste Authority (NLWA) celebrated a significant achievement, reaching a milestone of 200 000 mattresses (4 600 tonnes of waste) saved from going to waste through its recycling scheme. The scheme, launched in 2021, sees mattresses sent to a recycling facility in London where they are deconstructed into their component materials. With up to 17 different materials making up a single mattress, each can be used for different purposes; for example, inner springs are melted down and remade into new metal products, while synthetic layers such as foam are used to make items like carpet underlay. Around 90% of the mattress materials will get recycled, with any remaining non-recyclable material going to energy from waste. 
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