The drafty riverside warehouse in Lawrence looks like a scene out of the Hans Christian Andersen fable “The Princess and the Pea” — the place is stacked nearly floor to ceiling with mattresses.
“There’s, I believe, around 700 mattresses on our floor right now, and we have more coming in all the time,” says Ed Frechette, chief innovation officer of the Lowell-based social-enterprise known as UTEC.
Frechette watches as a forklift swivels and unloads a stack of worn mattresses.
A team of young workers wearing UTEC hoodies drags one off and begins shredding it with utility knives and bolt cutters. They tear through 25,000 a year.
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