Soft Landing: From Waste to Wages

Soft Landing is a recycling social enterprise that not only diverts hundreds of thousands of old mattresses from landfill, but also generates training and employment opportunities in the process.

Environmentally, end of life mattresses are a growing issue in Australia with more than 1.6 million being disposed of each year, equating to approximately 1.2 million cubic metres of waste. Being difficult to dispose of, mattresses are often illegally dumped and those that are sent to the tip can create further hazards in landfill.

“Mattresses cause significant issues in landfill due to their bulky size and low density. Taking up to  10 years to break down, they cause voids in the tip face which make the landfill unstable,