Covestro project aims to recycle polyurethane mattresses


A new project by Euro Chlor member Covestro is showing how chlor-alkali chemicals can be effectively recycled. This new scheme is being launched in Australia to recover polyurethane (an important chlor-alkali material) from mattresses and aims to bring the number being dumped into landfills to zero within five years.

Polyurethane foam is used to make bedding materials comfortable but Covestro note that it can be recovered from old mattresses to be made into things like acoustic panels and high-strength, non-flammable building materials. Rebecca Lee, Managing Director, Covestro Australia notes that “Polyurethane contributes significantly to the quality of our modern life, it is too valuable to end up in landfill.”