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LogicForce Consulting Pairs with Spring Back Recycling to Share the Importance of Mattress Recycling and Give Back to the Nashville Community

LogicForce Consulting, a legal technology firm, has donated its time and technical expertise to aid Spring Back Recycling in creating a website that focuses on educating the public about the importance of mattress recycling and giving back to the local community.</p>

Spring Back Recycling is a non-profit organization that gives back to the community of Nashville on two levels. The organization has recycled over three million mattresses in multiple locations throughout the U.S., significantly decreasing the amount of decomposing mattresses taking up space in landfills. Secondly, Spring Back employs former disenfranchised men who are looking to have a fresh start at giving back to their communities.

Mattress recycling is a type of recycling that is not inherently popular due to the fact that it requires partial manual labor to separate each material. This gives Spring Back a unique opportunity to provide additional employment as well as serve the community by decreasing the amount of mattresses in landfills and lowering the health risks associated from used mattresses in circulation.

The Quadruple Bottom Line

I am constantly asked about the existence of any unique firm and market characteristics of a social enterprise like Spring Back Recycling. As a result, I have spent the last four years contemplating what “recipe” of variables have existed to enable this new venture, that couples waste diversion and earned income for formerly incarcerated men, to sustain profitability and even scale. Therefore, I’d like to commit this first blog to my motivation for sharing what I have personally learned through the conception, development, and implementation of a non-profit that is dedicated to sharing this distinctive business model.

When Bill Ruff, founder and manager of Isaiah 58 in Nashville, TN, and I first met about 5 years ago to discuss other employment options (outside of an existing social enterprise dedicated to tree and lawn service) for formerly incarcerated men served by his ministry, we started to visit local manufacturing facilities to inquire about their solid waste removal processes. Our general finding was that, absent a true commitment to funding internal recycling operations, many firms (with a concentration in manufacturing and/or distribution of finished goods) contend that solid waste generated in their facilities was too costly to break-down, compile, and freight to a buyer. Considering the diversity of textile, plastic, paper, and metal being discarded to landfills due to the economic burden of processing costs, we seemed to both realize that there might be an opportunity to develop a “triple bottom line” small business – with a social, environmental, and economic public good.

Spring Back featured in Inaugural Nashville Nonprofit Review

Spring Back Recycling is featured in the first-ever issue of the Nashville Nonprofit Review, a new journal published by Nashville’s Center for Nonprofit Management. Board president Dr. John Gonas contributes his latest article “Social Enterprise: Profitability in an Open Marketplace,” which explores lessons learned from the founding of Spring Back Recycling. The article can be found here.