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    Research Partnership Aims to Put Mattress Waste to Bed

    Time:2020-01-09 14:26:39    Share:

    A new partnership is aiming to forge a more sustainable approach to mattress design and disposal, tackling the estimated 600,000 mattresses disposed of in Scotland each year.



    Zero Waste Scotland, Scotland’s circular economy experts, and the National Bed Federation (NBF) are to work together on a three-year research project to increase mattress recycling and encourage more sustainable design.



    The partnership will see the organisations design a proposed Extended Producer Responsibility scheme for mattresses in Scotland, under which manufacturers and retailers are responsible for the stewardship of their product in a way that discourages wasteful disposal. Such schemes encourage producers to design products that last longer, are easy to repair, and are recyclable when they reach the end of their usable life.

    該伙伴關系將使這些組織為蘇格蘭的床墊設計一個擬議的擴展生產者責任計劃,根據該計劃,制造商和零售商應以防止浪費性處置的方式負責其產品的管理。 這種方案鼓勵生產商設計使用壽命更長,易于維修且在使用壽命到期時可回收的產品。


    Iain Gulland, Chief Executive of Zero Waste Scotland, said:

    零廢物蘇格蘭首席執行官Iain Gulland說:

    “The scale of mattress waste in Scotland is staggering, with close to three quarters of a million mattresses disposed of in Scotland each year.



    “We understand that less than 1% are being collected for recycling. That represents a huge waste of the materials and labour that went into making those mattresses in the first place, as well as a lost opportunity to recover valuable materials such as steel and natural and synthetic fibres that could be reprocessed into new products and materials.”

    “我們了解到只有不到1%的資源被回收利用。 首先,這代表了制造這些床墊所需的材料和勞力的巨大浪費,同時也失去了回收有價值的材料(例如可以重新加工成新產品和材料的鋼,天然和合成纖維)的機會。


    What’s more, the planet-heating gases generated in the production of mattresses that were disposed of in Scotland in 2017 were equivalent to those emitted by 25,000 cars driving on our roads for a year – or more than 7,000 flights around the world.



    Editor’s Notes


    In 2016 there were 8 million mattresses sold in the UK, of which 93.5% were bought to replace old mattresses ready to be disposed of. Scotland represents 8.2% of the UK population and hence 8.2% of the mattress disposal. This calculation does not take into account Scotland’s larger tourist accommodation sector or other factors.

    2016年,英國共售出800萬張床墊,其中93.5%的床墊是用來替換準備處置的舊床墊的。 蘇格蘭占英國人口的8.2%,因此占床墊處置的8.2%。 此計算未考慮到蘇格蘭較大的旅游住宿部門或其他因素。


    Of the mattresses in use in Scotland in 2017, nearly 90% were in households.



    Mattresses are one of the most commonly flytipped items in Scotland. In Zero Waste Scotland’s recent survey, Evidence Review of Flytipping Behaviour (2017), 31% of people who had witnessed a small-scale flytipping incident said a mattress was among the items dumped.

    床墊是蘇格蘭最常見的物品之一。 在蘇格蘭零廢物組織(Zero Waste Scotland)最近的一項調查中,“傾倒行為證據回顧”(2017年)中,有31%的人目睹了一次小規模的傾倒事件,他們說傾倒的物品是床墊。


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