Repolyol is one of the key building blocks of polyurethane foam, the main cushioning material in mattresses and furniture. Its recovery without compromising on its quality enables its reuse as a circular raw material for the production of new PU foam and thus for new mattresses and other upholstered furniture – a significant step to circularity.
Transforming mattresses it into circular resources
Exceptional technical applications allows us to chemically recycle different foam from various mattress manufacturers, supporting our ambition to secure that no mattress goes to waste by transforming it into circular resources. Commissioning took place in September 2022 in Lelystad (NL) allowing the newly built recycling plant to convert PU foam from 200,000 mattresses into repolyols annually using the cutting-edge recycling technology of high-end industrial suppliers.
Together with our partners CircuFoam is continuously working on advancing its technologies and devellopment for end-of-life PU recycling. Our recently installed reactor plant at Lelystad in the Netherlands is unique in PU recycling as a circular process.
In this way, we are arousing the interest, especially among international customers, to use Repolyol in circular products. As an innovative company, we are proud that we can show proven results after years of development and adherence to a vision. Results that contribute to a better world, by no longer burning discarded mattresses, but sustainably recycling them into new circular mattresses.
40 million mattresses in Europe
As an undeniable leader in mattress recycling RetourMatras is specialized in dismantling of mattresses and their transformation into circular resources. Together with the partners Inga Investments, Renewi and Ikano Industry, RetourMatras has implemented a plant for the chemical recycling of discarded PU mattresses enabling the recovery of high-quality recycled polyols. The newly installed recycling plant uses an advanced depolymerization recycling technology to produce high-quality recycled polyol from polyurethane foam (PU) from end-of-life mattresses.
Just recently, RetourMatras also partnered with IKEA Retail to find a circular solution for the end-of-life of their mattresses in line with IKEA’s approach to products made from recycled or renewable materials. In Europe, an estimated 40 million mattresses are disposed every year. Compared to incineration, the recycling of discarded mattresses can help to recover materials for reuse and thus keep them in the loop. To counter the amount of waste and significantly reduce landfill and incineration streams, the European Union is aiming to recycle 65% of municipal waste by 2030. By converting PU waste from end-of-life mattresses into high-quality recovered polyols suitable for use in new PU products, our innovative recycling technology can make a valuable contribution to achieving this ambitious goal of the EU waste regulation.
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