Nine Lives
Mattress Recycling
837 N. Pamplico Hwy.
Pamplico, SC 29583
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Nine Lives Mattress Recycling is a company in the post-consumer mattress field. Our purpose is responding to the need for more space in our landfills and to recycle the components of a mattress and box spring in order to save landfill space in our communitites.  NLMR began recycling mattresses in 2006 by Ralph Bogan with commitment of his personal funds. NLMR manually deconstruct mattressess and box springs and seperate materials for recycling. In 2007 NLMR recycled 126 tons of mattresses and box springs. Of the 5000 units recycled the end result was approximately 33 tons of metal, 17 tons of cotton, 20 tons of wood, 15 tons of foam, 20 tons of poly-pad and 21 tons of waste.

The average mattress takes up 23 cubic feet of landfill space. In 2007 NLMR saved 115,000. cubic feet of landfill space that equals 4259.25 cubic yards and based on a $40.00 tipping fee at the landfil, each compacted cubic yard is worth approximately $10.00 per cubic yard without mattresses. Only $1.00 per cubic yard with mattresses. The difference is without mattresses each compacted cubic yard weighs between 1500 and 1800 pounds. A cubic yard of compacted mattresses weighs around 250 pounds.  Mattresses do not compact.
Therefore, NLMR saved local area landfills approximately $115,592.15 worth of landfill space which can be sold again.
After you drop off your mattress
at our dismanting facility,


The bed will be sliced apart
the foam,
and steel.

The steel will be recycled
at the local scrap yard.

The foam and cotton will be baled
and sent to a shredder
on its way back into the loop
of manufactured goods to be turned
into a variety of
items including carpet pad.
Nine Lives Mattress Recycling

charges only $4.00 per unit tipping fee.

Nine Lives can offer this very low rate as long our customers
are willing to deliver them to our location .

Nine Lives offers this to any:
city, county, state,
manufacturer, retailer,
hotel chain, motel,
Armed Forces....
in the United States .

If you would like to set up an account,
or set up a time for a drop off
just email us for an
application or appointment.
We currently work with Horry County Landfill and last year recycled 104 tons of mattresses from just that one location.

We also recycled 23 tons from surrounding bedding centers and hotels.

Our goal
for this year is
500 tons.

We are looking for
business, factories, waste management,
hotels, schools, roll off container companies
or any other source that may generate this post consumer product.

Contact Ralph Bogan
As reported by The International Sleep Products Assoc,

According to
American Demographics, in the next 20 years
recycling is going to become
one the most important issues
for consumers,
the population boom in the
United States will put a strain
on our natural resources,

Many communities are no longer accepting
used mattresses in landfills,
or are charging large fees for disposal.

Mattresses disposal programs
are starting up in California,
Michigan, and
New Jersey evident
that the bedding community
is on the recycling trend.

Let  South Carolina join the trend and contact us.
Nine Lives Mattress Recycling
As reported by Gregory Conigliaro and Paul Careau with Conigliaro Industries 


1) Lost Revenue ? every time a mattress or boxspring is sent to a rebuilder/refurbisher, it  hurts mattress manufacturers and retailers. While many rebuilders/refurbishers claim  to export their final product, in reality most are sold locally at a reduced price. As  such, the rebuilt mattresses and boxsprings compete directly against the lower end  units manufactured by most mattress manufacturing companies and sold by retailers  in the United States.

2) Sanitation and Quality Concerns ? while some rebuilders/refurbishers operate their  business according to local and state public health regulations, many more do not. In  fact, unless properly dismantled, sanitized and rebuilt with new felt, foam and fabric,  rebuilt mattresses are considered unsafe. In many cases, ?rebuilders/refurbishers?  simply cover a used mattress or boxspring with a new fabric layer, without replacing  or sanitizing any of the metal, felt, foam and fabric layers. Often times the original  labeling is removed from the covered layer and restitched on the new cover to make  the unit appear new and from the original manufacturer or retailer.

3) Product Stewardship Regulations ? many states, including South Carolina, have  enacted new Product Stewardship Regulations as part of their solid waste and  recycling master plans.

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A key tenet of Product Stewardship is that manufacturers in particular should take  greater responsibility for reducing product impacts. By placing greater responsibility  for the end costs of products on manufacturers, product stewardship gives  manufacturers strong economic incentives to change how they design and  manufacture products, making them less toxic and more recyclable, and giving  consumers more choice by internalizing the costs of consumer products.
Product Stewardship also addresses the question of who should pay the cost of waste  management, including recycling, disposal, and removing toxics from the waste  stream. Currently, these costs are being borne almost entirely by local governments,  who have looked to state agencies for financial assistance. State agencies are now  looking to product manufacturers to become part of the solution by helping to pay the  costs created by the proliferation of waste that local governments must manage.  In addition, EOEA and the University of Massachusetts are jointly supporting the  creation of a new national Product Stewardship Institute based at the University of
Massachusetts at Lowell. This national Institute will assist South Carolina and other  states across the country in promoting environmentally sound product management  and design, and support negotiations with industry to reach cooperative agreements to  reduce the health and environmental impacts from consumer product manufacture,  use, storage, and disposal. At times when legislation is required to foster the goals of  product stewardship, the Institute will assist state agencies and legislative bodies on  developing legislation.

4) Liability ? Similar to Original Equipment Manufacturers, ?OEM?s?, in the electronics  industry, with the advent of Product Stewardship regulations, mattress manufacturers  and retailers face the possibility of future liability. This future liability is possible due  to the misuse or misrepresentation of rebuilt mattresses and boxsprings as new or  only slightly used and as effective as new items. Most rebuilt units are still labeled  1 Solid Waste Policy Report, Minnesota Office of Environmental Assistance,  January 2000, p. 45.  with original tags. In fact, OEM liability does not end at the point of sale, but may  continue for years. While the rebuilder/refurbisher market for usedbedding and  furniture is attractive economically in the short run, the possibility of future liability  more than eliminates the short term economic advantage of manufacturers and  retailers using rebuilders/refurbishers to dispose of used bedding.  While this potential future liability may be mitigated when rebuilt/refurbished  mattresses and boxsprings are exported, it is in no way eliminated.  5) Industry Support ? As the pitfalls associated with rebuilding/refurbishing of used  bedding and furniture become apparent, manufacturers, retailers and industry trade  groups are taking notice. Their willingness to continue in the same old fashion, using  unreliable and circumspect rebuilders/refurbishers is waning. The move is on to send  used bedding to a facility where complete and total destruction and recycling can be  assured. 

Nine Lives Mattress Recycling offers manufacturers and retailers of mattresses and boxsprings a permanent solution to the issues discussed in this publication.
We guarantee complete destruction of each unit and the recycling of the constituent parts. 
Nine lives mattress recycling
The mattress shown above and below indicates it is an example of the Sanititaion and Quality concerns as stated in the case by Conigliaro and Careau.  This mattress has post consumer, unsanitized, recycled components.  The mattress was not labeled as being rebuilt from used, recycled componets.  The metal components had rust indicating the rebuilder did not sanitze or treat the metal before rebuilding.
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Wesley Tyler
Nine Lives
Mattress Recycling
837 N. Pamplico Hwy.
Pamplico, SC 29583


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