End Use Research Contract for Shoddy Awarded by MRC

MRC is pleased to announce a contract has been awarded to GHD, Inc. to research potential end uses for shoddy felt recovered in the mattress recycling process. GHD will explore the applicability of using shoddy in stormwater and erosion control products in civil engineering applications.

“Shoddy felt is a protective compressed fiber mat between mattress springs and foam layers that is very difficult to recycle and is usually landfilled,” according to MRC Managing Director Mike O’Donnell. “Through this and other MRC-funded research initiatives, our goal is to keep more material out of landfills by remaking them into usable products.”

The contract is part of MRC’s annual $1 million research fund to improve the recyclability of discarded mattresses and build new markets for recycled mattress materials.

GHD is a respected global professional services company operating in water, energy and resources, environment, property and buildings, and transportation market sectors. GHD will partner with Humboldt State University to test shoddy physical properties and develop recommendations regarding the most promising potential uses. They will also outline the next steps required to bring the potential new products to market.

For more information about MRC’s research efforts, visit www.mattressrecyclingcouncil.org/research/.