Hotel Chain Waste Recycles Mattresses

The Hilton Worldwide Hotel Chain recently announced that it is launching a new material waste recycling program for mattresses when new beds and box springs are installed at its hotels.

The company has said that at on average, eighty five percent of the materials used in the manufacturing of the mattresses and box springs will be recycled and therefore diverted from landfills. The steel springs will be removed and sold as metal scrap for use in tools, construction materials, and automotive parts. Wood will be recycled for use in creating flooring, particle board for shelves and pressed wood furniture. The cotton material will be re-purposed to create new automobile oil filters and carpet padding.

The hotel chain, on average, purchases more than twenty five thousand mattresses per year for its United States locations. The new recycling program will help owners and managers to reduce material waste disposal fees while showing a commitment to environmentally sustainable practices.

Hilton is partnering with the DH Hospitality Group which has been contracted to facility all aspects of the mattress recycling program and will ensure that recycling centers are recycling the components and not engaged in reselling or recovering.

WasteCare Wants You to Remember: Many businesses, like Hilton Hotels, need to constantly update and refresh stock or materials to meet their customers expectations. What do you routinely throw in the dumpster that has monetary value on the reuse or recycling market? You might be surprised by what you’ll find!

New Life for Polystyrene

Whether you’re at work or at home, chances are you’ve ordered a product that was shipped using polystyrene – commonly referred to as “packing peanuts”. These soft cushions, which are designed to prevent damage to goods during the shipping process, take hundreds of years to disintegrate, so recycling them is of the utmost importance.

Here are a few ideas for what to do with the “peanuts” the next time they arrive.

1) Store them and reuse the next time you need to ship a package or put materials in a box for storage.

2) When you’re ordering your product, ask if it can be packed using an alternate material such as shredded paper. Some companies might not advertise this, but it’s worth asking for.

3) Try to recycle them through your local transfer station or waste removal company. Some places, such as Mailboxes, Etc. do accept them so it’s worth asking around.

4) Use the peanuts in lieu of gravel in the base of potted plants. It’s works just as effectively for drainage but will weigh considerably less!

5) Donate! Your community may have a local reuse center designed to provide teachers, schools, non-profits, and individuals access to low-cost or free business and recreational items.

WasteCare Wants You to Remember: The next time polystyrene arrives in your office or house, don’t leave the peanuts for the trash! Take a moment and think about how going green can save you, or others, some “green”.