TFR Group reports 20 percent increase in revenue
The soft furnishing recycling company and one of the UK’s leading mattress recycling organisations, The Furniture Recycling Group (TFR Group), has announced an increase in income, having turned over £3 million in the last 12 months.
The company’s growth over the past year has created 10 new jobs at the company’s Blackburn headquarters, a result of new partnerships with organisations such as St Andrews University, which has a Zero Waste target by 2020.
Retail giant John Lewis, for instance, contributed 58,000 mattresses to the group in 2016 alone, as customers’ old mattresses are picked up upon delivery of a new one and transported to TFR Group site in Blackburn.
Unwanted furnishings are a particularly difficult issue within the UK, as the Waste and Resources Action Programme (WRAP) estimates that approximately 670,000 tonnes of furniture are disposed of annually by UK householders. The ReUse Network claims 10 million household items are sent to landfill every year, with three out of 10 of those items being suitable for reuse.
Mattresses are typically difficult to dissemble and then recycle due to their variety of components, including textiles, plastic and metal springs. The National Bed Federation even brought together British and Irish bed manufacturers and suppliers in November last year to propose solutions for the waste coming from the UK bed and mattress sector.
TFR Group is taking significant action in this sector, working to divert the difficult waste away from landfills. It collects soft furnishings, beds and mattresses from retail consumer take-back, commercial disposal and local authority waste streams, and puts them through the recycling process.
Last year, TFR Group increased the number of mattresses it recycled from 4,000 to 6,500 a week; an increase of 63 per cent. In three years time, they hope this figure will multiply to 20,000, as they are currently working on creating a fully automated mattress recycling system.
TFR Group also recently designed a new system that allows a standard 40-foot trailer, that usually carries 90 mattresses, to carry 600, reducing transportation costs and increasing the viability of mattress recycling throughout the country.
The company, formerly EOL Recycling, has undergone an intensive re-branding, revealing a new website in August this year, to widen its scope and make its mattress recycling process more comprehensive and attractive to existing and prospective partners.
Nick Oettinger, Managing Director of The Furniture Recycling Group, said: “We’ve had a great 12 months and it’s fantastic to see the company continue to grow. With our exciting, refreshed look, and our ongoing research and development, TFR Group can only flourish further and ensure we cement ourselves as market leaders in the waste industry.”
According to TFR Group, 167,000 tonnes of mattresses are sent to landfill every year in the UK.
Oettinger added: “We’re very proud that more retailers are thinking more about the end of life scenarios of their products, and the next stage for TFR Group is to meet with mattress manufacturers to discuss how they can adapt the design of their mattresses to ensure they can be recycled more easily.”
Since its launch in 2013, when it ceased to trade as EOL Recycling, TFR Group has diverted over one million mattresses and 3,500 tonnes of mattress components from landfill, with 30,000 tonnes of materials being returned to the manufacturing industry.
TFR Group hopes to one day divert 100 per cent of all mattresses in the UK away from landfill so that they can be recycled and create a circular economy.