Hoteliers should have plans in place to upgrade their mattresses and responsibly dispose of the old ones without disturbing guests, an industry specialist has claimed.
The Furniture Recycling Group (TFRG), a soft furnishing recycling company specialising in bed and mattress recycling, has advised hotel owners that they should consider how to remove mattresses from the property without disturbing guests, as well as securing transport, storage and a reputable recycling operator.
A spokesperson for the TFRG said: “Sadly, there have been many cases of cowboy operators who charge businesses, local authorities and individuals for the removal and supposed recycling of their mattresses to only stockpile the mattresses in rented warehouses, leaving the building owner with a mattress mountain and all of the recycling responsibility.
“To avoid this, hoteliers should ask soft furnishing recyclers whether they can provide a full audit trail and chain of custody to demonstrate environmental compliance when selecting an operator. Reputable mattress recyclers will be able to provide details of their recycling methods and processes, including how they break down the products, where the extracted materials are sent to and what they are used for.”
Hoteliers also need to be looking at the mattresses they’re purchasing to see if there’s any components within them that can’t be recycled.
TFRG also suggests that hotels could work with the local community to find worthy recipients of mattresses, including homeless shelters, hostels, or projects which supply reduced cost furniture for housing schemes.