Dow Polyurethanes (PU), a business division of Dow, announced a breakthrough in its RENUVA™ Mattress Recycling Program with a plan to install a pioneering industrial-scale production facility at Orrion Chemicals Orgaform in Semoy, France.
The RENUVA™ Mattress Recycling Program will take discarded mattress foam and turn it back into raw material (polyol) through chemical recycling, the process of converting waste into feedstock. The new raw material can then be used in flexible or rigid foam products to go into applications such as building insulation boards and even back into new mattresses.
This new initiative will help enable a more circular economy for polyurethanes by ensuring the applications they are used in can be recycled, and it can help the EU reach its goal of having 65% of municipal waste recycled by 2030.
This new development builds on Dow’s existing collaboration with process know-how and turnkey installations provider H&S Anlagentechnik.