Pocket coils, individual metal spring coils encased in fabric sleeves, are one of the most challenging components to recycle in a discarded mattress. Many recyclers, finding it impractical to manually separate the two components, send them to landfills. MRC seeks proposals to explore process innovations which could effectively and economically separate the fabric from the metal, ideally without sacrificing either component. About 20% of all discarded mattresses contain pocket coils which contain between 250 and 1,000 individual spring coils. An innovative solution could improve overall recycle rates.
Interested parties are asked to complete a pre-application concept paper which describes their approach toward addressing this challenge by February 22, 2019. Researchers whose concepts show merit will be invited to submit a full proposal which is due April 1, 2019. Comments and questions may be directed to Mike Gallagher at firstname.lastname@example.org
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