Manufacturer developing plans for its own recycling plant

Ruairi Giles

Fifth generation bed and mattress manufacturer, Harrison Spinks, is developing plans for a dedicated recycling plant and appointing a head of sustainability to drive green initiatives across the business.

The company’s recycling plant will be located in Scunthorpe and will facilitate the disassembly and recycling of all Harrison Spinks’ mattresses containing its patented Cortec™ spring systems.

The recycled components can be reprocessed into new raw material and put back into the supply chain to make new product, creating a closed loop system, meaning no Harrison Spinks mattress should end up in landfill.

Harrison Spinks has also confirmed its recent appointment of commercial director and board member Ruairi Giles as head of sustainability across the business.

Giles will ensure all future actions consider protection of the environment and the business’ carbon footprint of the highest importance.

The business has established a sustainability committee, spearheaded by Giles, which features representation from all arms of the business. It will launch its first annual sustainability report later this month.

Giles said: “Our industry often relies upon materials and component products that are fundamentally unsustainable, both in production and also in their end of life recyclability.

“We have a huge responsibility and opportunity to improve this and we want to make sure that we are doing everything we can to operate in a sustainable way, whether that be in our logistics, sales or marketing departments.”