Soft Landing Mattress Recycling

Australian Capital Territory

Previous award wins: ACT Sustainable Community of the Year 2015

Soft Landing is a mattress recycling social enterprise that opened in Hume in the ACT in April 2016. Through recycling mattresses, Soft Landing create employment opportunities for local people experiencing barriers to work including the long term unemployment and Indigenous Australians experiencing disadvantage. Since opening in April, Soft Landing has recovered over 5000 end-of-life mattresses, representing an average of 71 tonnes per month, recycling over 81% of the materials. In addition, Soft Landing has developed a successful partnership with Habitat Personnel to provide supportive recruitment and mentoring for our first 10 staff, with 70% of current staff Indigenous Australians and 85% from our target groups including the long term unemployed and those with barriers to work. They have also successfully partnered with Max Employment to commence 14 additional work for the dole opportunities for local job seekers.

Soft Landing has received 400 community customer mattress drop offs to our Hume site, and completed 900 ACT household collections in the first 3 months of service. We have also expanded our clients and contracts from our key partner ACT NOWaste, to include servicing Cooma and Queanbeyan Councils, and our retail partners such as IKEA, Domayne, 4o Winks and Harvey Norman.

Soft Landing is an award-winning social enterprise that commenced in NSW (Western Sydney and the Illawarra) in 2008, opening in the ACT and WA in 2016. Our dual aims are to divert waste from landfill and create employment for the most disadvantaged in the local communities where we work.