Published On: November 11, 2021

Did you get a new mattress during COVID? Did you send it to landfill or have it recycled?

Published in Canberra Times | November 11 2021 | By Megan Doherty

The year 2020-2021 may not have been a good one for many people but it’s been a record one for social enterprise Soft Landing which collects and recycles mattresses nationally, including at Hume in the ACT.

It has collected and recycled a record 44,855 mattresses and ensemble bases in the ACT over the last financial year, saving them from landfill. Instead, the foam was sent for carpet underlay, the steel for scrap metal and the timber for mulch.

Using National Recycling Week to announce the results, Soft Landing ACT manager Kylie Roberts-Frost said it was definitely the biggest year the social enterprise had ever had, with mattress volumes 16 per cent higher than the year before.

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Hume employee Jose Funes. Picture: Tomasz Machnik