Published in Fairfield Champion | November 10 2021 | By Chris Boulous
For every 35 mattresses, national social enterprise Soft Landing collect and recycle each day, they can create a job for someone who “really needs one”.
Soft Landing’s largest site is at Smithfield and services 14 councils and employs mostly former refugees. Of the 260 people employed in 2020-21, 79 per cent had faced some sort of challenge in entering the workforce.
“As well as protecting the environment, we’re about providing stable employment for people who have been out of the workforce for a long time or have struggled to get into the workforce,” Soft Landing general manager Chris Richards said while announcing they collected and recycled a record 538,000 mattresses and ensemble bases in 2020-21 to coincide with National Recycling Week.