Hilton, the global hotel chain, has started a new programme with the aim of recycling up to 85% of all of their old mattresses. The company launched the initiative last week and as part of it will attempt to recycle the wood, steel springs, cotton fibres, and quilt scrapings from the old mattresses. The materials can be recycled into new products such as flooring, construction materials, and oil filters.
Vice president of engineering operators for the US at Hilton Worldwide, Randy Gaines, stated that their hotels have bought over 50,000 mattresses over the past year in just the US alone. He added that if the programme is successful it is likely that they will take the recycling programme global and launch an initiative in all of the countries where there are Hilton hotels.
Gaines continued to say that the programme offers a great opportunity for plenty of global hotels as it is a cost effective way to save for hotel owners and also shows the commitment that Hilton has made to reduce their own waste output.
Hilton has already set many company targets for reducing the amount of waste it produces and stated last year that it would be able to hit its five year goal of cutting down wastes by about 20% almost two full years before schedule.
The company also stated that it was able to clear many additional items from rooms while renovations were taking place and donated all of these goods to Good 360, a new programme that moves donations from large companies to charities that can make use of them. This new initiative mirrors Hilton’s Global Soap Project which is a non-profit drive to collect about a million bars of soap.