The St. Vincent de Paul Society, Cascade Alliance, and Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) created a case study using their insights and reflections on the multiple benefits through a network of waste-based social enterprises. Waste-based social enterprises are businesses that have created numerous jobs, reduced pollution, and saved millions of dollars in disposable costs. Working with communities and local authorities, waste-based social enterprises also help eliminate waste, recycle more and use sustainable resources.

The case study includes waste-based business overviews and essential elements of a successful enterprise, along with examples of social enterprises that are succeeding, including UTEC as one. “There’s mattresses everywhere, there’s clothing everywhere, there’s books everywhere. There’s a huge potential,” said Ed Frechette, Director of Social Enterprise Partnerships at UTEC.

UTEC Mattress Recycling picks up and recycles mattresses from a wide range of businesses, agencies and organizations across northern New England.  We work with customers to determine the best disposal method of unwanted mattresses to divert them from landfills and incinerators. When we divert mattresses from the waste stream, we recycle roughly 85% of each piece, by weight. UTEC young adults hand-cut the mattresses and recycle the steel, foam, wood, some of the toppers and cotton.

Read more of the report on waste-based social enterprises for RWJF. Thanks again to St. Vincent de Paul and the Cascade Alliance for all of their support as we’ve grown UTEC Mattress Recycling over the past five years!

 

 

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Source: Lowell Sun