167,000 tonnes of mattresses are sent to landfill every year in the UK. That’s a figure that Nick Oettinger, Managing Director of TFR Group, was simply not willing to ignore. Whilst working as an improvement consultant in the industry, dealing with the full spectrum of waste types and processes, there was a poignant moment whilst at a landfill site when a mattress became wrapped around the drive shaft of a delivery vehicle on site. It got Nick’s cogs churning about these bulky items and how he could break down each component of the mattress to ensure as much of it was recycled and 100% diverted from landfill. From that moment onwards, Nick concentrated on tackling difficult waste streams to generate a sustainable business, which achieves maximum recycling. TFR Group recycles 7,000 mattresses per week and has already recycled over 1 million mattresses since launch.