New England’s Premier Mattress Recycling Program

New England’s Premier Mattress Recycling Program

We are passionate about supporting recycling opportunities, giving materials new life and succeeding in the common goal of keeping mattresses out of the landfill.
We are passionate about supporting recycling opportunities, giving materials new life and succeeding in the common goal of keeping mattresses out of the landfill.

Meet The Tough Stuff Team!

Meet The Tough Stuff Team!

With an unrelenting commitment to sustainability and rising to recycling challenges, the Tough Stuff Recycling team came together with a single, shared vision; solve the mattress landfill problem.
The founders of tough stuff have successfully recycled over 1,000,000 mattresses and in the process became the largest mattress recyclers on the West Coast where they implemented a proven pocket coil recycling system. Hundreds of happy customers later, Tough Stuff Recycling is ready to serve your household and your community!
With over 20 years’ of industry experience in environmentally friendly, cutting edge technology and logistical solutions, Tough Stuff is rendered incomparable to any other mattress recycler in New England.
By choosing Tough Stuff Recycling, you are choosing the number one service provider on the East Coast. You can sleep well on that new mattress, knowing that all of our mattresses are given new life through sustainable, recycling practices.

Mike Gurnee, CEO

Currently the CEO of Tough Stuff Recycling and the West Coast recycler, Xtraction, Inc., Mike started in the environmental field over 15 years ago where he found his passion for recycling. With his extensive background in process engineering, automation, and management, Mike has been able to make huge changes in the recycling industry. These changes have resulted in drastic throughput increases, higher economic return, higher recycling rates, and lower costs.

My passions are environmental stewardship and process engineering. By combining these two, we’re able to move the world closer to true sustainability.

Matthew Young, Major Accounts Director

Matthew Young, Major Accounts Director

Matt is a sustainability and recycling entrepreneur with a variety of experiences across the end-of-life materials management chain.

Rodney Clara, Director of
Business Development

With twenty plus years’ experience in the waste diversion and product stewardship industry, Rodney’s journey began with Goodwill Industries, helping them to reach cost-saving, waste-diversion practices while generating new revenue streams within their operations with recyclable/reusable materials.
Working with leaders in the electronic waste/recycling industry, he coordinated and managed collection programs for municipalities, solid waste facilities and businesses on the east and west coast. As a result, tons of hazardous, electronic waste were kept out of landfills.
This experience allowed him the opportunity to launch one of the country’s largest Mattress Recycling – Product Stewardship programs for the State of California by helping regional municipalities, and private solid waste facilities understand the new product stewardship program law. This journey resulted in diverting over 4 million mattresses and box springs from landfills.

Dan Shaw,
General Manager

TSR’s General Manager, Dan Shaw comes to the team with 20+ years experience in Operations, Sales, and Warehousing where is has held various management roles for Warehousing and Supply chain companies, ranging from midsize to Fortune 500.

Dan brings with him extensive leadership skills and industry knowledge from his time as President of the Worldwide Trade Association and CEO of the Dominican-American Cigar Company.

A decorated Air Force Veteran, having served from 1980-1984, Dan remains a witness to history while being behind the barricades in Moscow during the collapse of the Soviet Union – snapping pictures of Boris Yeltsin giving his famous speech from atop the tank during the coup.

Dan is excited to put his experience to use with an impactful and innovative company like TSR!

Rosemary Arteaga,
Operations Manager

“I am passionate about taking my high tech and industry-changing recycling techniques worldwide. To truly take recycling to the next level I am constantly finding ways to pull more reusable materials from mattresses and other hard to recycle products.”

Tashiana Woodie

With 15 years experience in customer service, Tashiana leads TSR’s Customer Support Team, driving superior service to customers and partners through her clearly defined KPIs paired set policies and procedures that the TSR team delivers against! Tashiana is both resourceful and solution driven, taking great joy in helping others and finding the answers to their problems. Tashiana is most excited to be part of a company that has a real world impact on both the local and global level!

Are You Making Room
for a New Mattress?

Are You Making Room for a New Mattress?

We will haul and process that mattress for you!