Goodwill Industries in Duluth, Minnesota, purchased the prototype Coil Spring Compactor in 2009 to compress mattress springs and box spring steel. In 2012, the organization collected 16,863 mattresses from a 10 county area and recycled 215 tons of steel. ME Elecmetal, a Duluth foundry, paid Goodwill an average price of $316.00 per ton in 2012.
Goodwill employs five part-time employees to deconstruct and separate the materials from the mattresses. The cotton, foam and quilted toppers are separated, baled and sold through commodity brokers. The wood box frames are used as local biomass fuel.