May 9, 2013
Sheriff Hall was asked to speak at the Spring Back 30,000 Mattress Celebration, held on May 7 in Nashville. Spring Back is a mattress recycling program that began at Belmont University in 2011. Through the program, previously incarcerated and homeless workers are taught valuable skills while employed at a facility where mattresses are dismantled and their materials recycled for use in new products. Since its inception, 30,000 mattresses have been recycled and hundreds of tons of waste saved from landfills.
DCSO inmate work crews help deliver mattresses to the facility each month and also handle debris pick-up and haul away. Several former inmates hold full-time jobs currently at the Spring Back facility.