Shropshire furniture store celebrates National Recycle Week by hitting recycling target

A Shropshire furniture store was today celebrating National Recycle Week after reaching its target to recycle 100 per cent of its collected mattresses and beds for the last 12 months.

Bosses at Alan Ward in Shrewsbury said they had always ensured recycling was top of their agenda but 12 months ago pledged to recycle every old bed and mattress they collected from customers.

They have now achieved their target and urged others to always ask where old mattresses would go when they were taken away.

National Recycle Week, which ran from June 17 to Sunday, was organised by Recycle Now and themed "Recycling - at home and away".

Every year, millions of mattresses are discarded in UK and thrown into landfill sites, using enough space to fill Wembley Stadium more than five times.

The Alan Ward sales teams always ask what the customer plans to do with their mattress as a priority.

“The campaign fits perfectly with our philosophy,” said Alan Ward’s group operations manager Steve Eaves.

“Getting a new bed or mattress is always exciting and a purchase people should be making every four to five years due to hygiene regions.

“Our customers are very much aware of the environment and what happens to their old bed and mattresses after it leaves their home and being able to recycle every mattress we have collected from homes across the county and beyond is something we are very proud of.”

The independent furniture store in Ennerdale Road, Shrewsbury, makes sure the beds and mattresses it takes away when delivering new items are recycled using the largest mattress and sofa recycling business in the UK based in Telford.

“In the last 12 months the company has made major inroads into improving its carbon footprint and now recycles 100 per cent of the beds and mattresses it collects as part of its customer collection and recycling service,” said Mr Eaves.

The company is also working hard to improve its carbon footprint.

Working closely with the Carbon Trust Fund, Alan Ward carried out a review of its energy consumption and implemented various recommendations, including the installation of low energy lighting, resulting in a 33 per cent reduction in its energy consumption since 2011.

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