When we previously talked about the opportunities and challenges that await Lowell-based UTEC and its highly successful recycling program in this new era of state-banned textiles, a new company in Fitchburg with the same mission celebrated its birthday. Release.
The Tough Stuff Recycling team reiterated their commitment to reducing the environmental impact of waste – one mattress at a time – at the grand opening of their Fitchburg headquarters on November 1.
At their Authority Drive facility, Tough Stuff staff spoke about the statewide mattress dump ban that went into effect the same day, its potential impact on municipalities like Fitchburg and how it fights against illegal landfills.
Tough Stuff, which opened in April of this year, also has a facility in Rhode Island. Once the Fitchburg site reaches full capacity, it will recycle 35,000 units per month, making it one of the largest mattress recycling facilities in the nation.
Examples of recyclable materials found in mattresses include cotton, wood, metal steel, and plush filling.
Rodney Clara, director of business development and sales for Tough Stuff, said that when the company first started out in a 15,000 square foot space, they “initially hoped to get 20 mattresses” to recycle.
“I wanted to create a vision of what we would become,” Clara said. “We now have 45,000 square feet and 53 trucks full of mattresses” instead of small U-Haul trucks. “We’re ready to be part of the solution and recycle mattresses for the state of Massachusetts.”
Clara noted that Tough Stuff will be offering curbside mattress recycling for Fitchburg residents, working with Waste Management to “take all their mattresses.”
Waste Management Operations Supervisor Lisa Lystila shared the company’s enthusiasm for partnering with this environmentally conscious company.
“It will free up space in my (Fitchburg) landfill and give us more space,” Lystila said.
Yes, this eco-friendly way of disposing of mattresses will help reuse waste that cluttered landfills into a reusable resource.
With a central Massachusetts territory to operate, Tough Stuff is expected to add a complementary element to the state’s expanded recycling industry.