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Used Mattress Recycling Takes Center Stage at Prestigious International Event

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Article Summary: Belmont University students entered a competition with an idea for a used mattress recycling program intended both to help the environment and create jobs.


International Sleep Products Association President Ryan Trainer congratulated the students from Belmont University in Nashville, TN, who were victorious as they represented the United States this week at the Enactus World Cup in Washington, DC. Enactus is the new name for an organization formerly called “Students in Free Enterprise” or “SIFE.”  The Enactus World Cup is an international competition featuring students who acquire entrepreneurial and leadership skills by creating socially responsible businesses in their communities.
Competing against 38 other Enactus teams from around the world, the Belmont crew won the World Cup Tuesday afternoon.

“These students have demonstrated, through their hard work and ingenuity, that it is possible to make a difference in our communities while maintaining sustainable businesses models,” said Trainer. “Their win at the World Cup level will raise awareness of both used mattress recycling and the need for a national mattress recycling program.”

Belmont University’s entry in the competition featured the innovative student-developed Spring Back Recycling enterprise, which is a used mattress recycling program intended both to help the environment and create jobs. Through the program, previously incarcerated workers are taught the skills they need to gain employment at Spring Back’s recycling facility, where mattresses are dismantled and their component materials are recycled for use in new products.

“We’re certainly proud of the students from Belmont University for representing the United States so well and for developing and launching their successful recycling venture,” Trainer said. “ISPA will continue to support their efforts as they license their approach in other U.S. cities. Proven business models like Spring Back will be invaluable as we advocate for a national mattress recycling program. Operations like this would benefit from important economies of scale possible under a national approach, as opposed to the inefficiencies and added costs that piecemeal, state-based legislation would create.”

For more information about ISPA’s position on federal mattress recycling, click here. For more information about Spring Back, click here. For more information about Belmont’s program, click here, or here to view a video. For more information about Enactus World cup, click here.


About ISPA: Established in 1915, the International Sleep Products Association (ISPA) is dedicated to protecting and enhancing the growth, profitability and stature of the mattress industry. As the industry’s trade organization, ISPA represents nearly 700 mattress manufacturers and suppliers throughout the world.

ISPA provides a wide range of services that benefit its membership. These include exclusive industry surveys and statistics, advocacy support, educational offerings, the industry’s ISPA EXPO trade show, safety research through its Sleep Products Safety Council, consumer research and education through its Better Sleep Council, BedTimes and Sleep Savvy publications, the ISPAEarth™ Industry Sustainability Initiative, and more.
To learn more, visit www.sleepproducts.org or contact info@sleepproducts.org

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