Important Recycling Numbers To Know 💡
48: The number of units recycled by the town of Egremont since the Massachusetts landfill ban went into effect in November 2022.
2: The number of aggregate pickups The town of Egremont has completed with Tough Stuff Recycling.
1,584: The number of cubic feet of saved landfill space as a result of the town of Egremont recycling mattresses.
Mattress Recycling Fun Facts ♻️
75% – 80%: the percentage of a mattress that is recyclable. That means when you recycle, less space is taken up in landfills, and more materials are being recycled into new products!
50%: The percentage breakdown of metal in the mattress recycling process, or the equivalent of 25 – 40 lbs of steel!
The foam and the fabric that surrounds your mattress has a second life as carpet padding. If you ever have a chance, take a look at the padding that is hidden below your carpet, that patchwork is made up of hundreds of thousands of recycled mattresses!
We at Tough Stuff Recycling believe in recycling and waste diversion, but what’s more important is to hear what our customer thinks. So we decided to ask our Municipal customers what they thought of Tough Stuff Recycling, and how our partnership helped them learn more about overcoming the challenges of the statewide mattress landfill ban.
“Egremont’s values its partnership with Tough Stuff Recycling for our mattress recycling needs. It is a win for our residents and a win for the planet!”
An Interview With Egremont’s Juliette Haas, Board of Health, Director
Q: How and when did you learn about the mattress landfill ban?
A: An email blast from MassDEP in January of 2022.
This new regulation meant that mattresses were no longer accepted by landfills, presenting an immediate challenge for many local municipalities.
Q: What was the most immediate challenge you faced when you heard your hauler was going to no longer accept mattresses?
A: The most immediate challenge was to find a new hauler that accepted mattresses under the provisions of the new waste ban.
Q: How did you learn about Tough Stuff Recycling?
A: We learned about Tough Stuff Recycling through a referral from a recycling coordinator in a neighboring county.
Q: What led you to start working with us to recycle your mattresses?
A: TSR offered to set up a collection container at our Transfer Station, which would then be linked to their local transportation hub. It was an amazing solution that worked best for our needs and delivered a solution at an excellent price.
Q: What are the benefits of mattress recycling in or for your municipality?
A: Working with TSR to recycle mattresses is the best environmental solution for the material. We are reducing costs and providing our residents with an excellent collection service.
We offer drop-off services at the Transfer Station ($35 per unit) and curbside service ($65 per unit) for all residents!
Q: If you could take anything positive out of the Massachusetts mattress landfill ban, what would that be?
A: Waste bans like these lead to innovative recycling solutions, which promote sustainability.
The success story of mattress recycling in Egremont wouldn’t be complete without recognizing the exceptional individuals who made it possible. When asked to give a shout-out to a member of the TSR team, Rodney Clara and Tashiana Woodie were praised for their above-and-beyond hard work and communication 🙌
To learn more about how we work together with local municipalities, contact us today!