What we're working on

At TFR Group we never stop looking for ways to fine
tune the mattress recycling process. Here’s just a taste
of what we’ve been working on so far:

automated pocket spring mattress recycling machine

Automated Pocket Spring Recycling Machine

In 2016 we made headlines when we launched our world-first, patented automated pocket spring recycling machine. The process of breaking down pocket spring mattresses is traditionally very time consuming, with a single pocket spring mattress taking over half a day to deconstruct. This is one of the main reasons why many recycling companies before us have become overwhelmed by the task at hand, and have resorted to dumping mattresses in landfill sites instead.

Having experienced this difficult task first hand, we knew that something needed to be done to streamline this process and make recycling pocket spring mattresses a viable alternative to landfill. After months of researching, testing and patenting we were able to launch our automated pocket spring recycling machine, which dismantles and separates the components in the pocket springs of a mattress in just 2.5 minutes.

The result? Highly useful, recyclable components that can be sold on, re-used or recycled, creating a circular economy out of a waste stream that was previously thought to be unmanageable. With our machine, recycling pocket spring mattress components isn’t just possible; it’s incredibly efficient.

Mattress Compression System for Transportation

We transport mattresses from the collection points all over the UK to our recycling facility, which requires the use of large trucks and trailers.

It’s costly to move bulky goods, with two thirds of the cost of recycling attributed to transportation. The use of large vehicles with minimal weight loads is harmful to the environment, which isn’t something we take lightly.

To reduce our carbon footprint and vastly improve cost-efficiency to our partners, we created our Mattress Compression System for Transportation.

Our revolutionary compression solution improves the mattress capacity in a vehicle by 572%, allowing a standard 40ft trailer to transport 450 mattresses, instead of an average of just 67, in one trip.

The increase in capacity guarantees a significant reduction in transportation costs, and a vast increase in the viability of mattress recycling throughout the country, not to mention a reduction in CO2 emissions as a result of fewer vehicles on the road.

The system is a big win for the future of the bulky waste recycling industry, and another resounding success for our research and development team.

The compression system has been demoed to our first customer, and will be installed on site in Q3 2022.

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automated mattress striping machine

Automated Mattress Dismantling Machine

We didn’t want to stop at our Automated Pocket Spring Mattress Recycling Machine, as we know there’s more we can do to speed up the process of breaking down all types of mattresses. This will ultimately allow us to increase our capacity, meaning more mattresses can be diverted from landfill.

We have developed a world-first automated mattress stripping machine, which will reduce the time taken to strip down a mattress by 70%; completing the entire process in 1m 43s.

Initial tests of our innovative machine proved highly successful and we are in the final prototype stages. It will increase speed and accuracy of separating mattresses, but also reduce cost of recycling.

The machines will be deployed and active across our sites in the next six months.

Sanitisation system

We have developed a bespoke sanitisation system in-house as part of our rejuvenation service, ensuring 100% of surface area is fully cleansed ahead of recommerce.

The specially developed process uses fogs of biocide, paracetic acids and UV sterilisation.

Bespoke Data Capture and Tracking System

We have created a bespoke online system to capture data on behalf of our customers, with an inbuilt portal for them to track the data that matters most to them.

The portal allows for live updates on each mattress rejuvenated, allowing customers to view the status of their collections.

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