Why is a mattress going to the tip (landfill) a bad thing?

The materials in a mattress can take a long time to break down, and can cause problems in landfill. Some of the materials can be used to make other things, and if we throw them in landfill they can’t be reused.

To ensure that your old mattress is recycled responsibly and to the highest recovery level available in your area/region, you have 2 options:

  1. If you are purchasing a new mattress, choose a retailer that supports Recycle My Mattress and book a pickup of your old mattress. Easy!

  2. If you just have an old mattress to dispose of, for a small fee, you can book a pickup with an approved recycler such as Soft Landing and they will pick it up for you.

Learn more about these options.

A mattress purchase is a very personal thing. If you know exactly what type of mattress, or what brand, then head over to our participating retailers search and select one near you. Our members also sell on-line if that’s your preference.

If you don’t know what kind of mattress, then visit one of our participating retailers and they will assist you in selecting the type of mattress for you, or browse the brands of mattress from our responsible mattress manufacturers and importers. 

You can also visit our Facebook and Instagram pages for posts on our members, on the manufacture of mattresses, the materials used and on the recycling process.

At the moment the highest environmental benefit of recycling a mattress comes from manually deconstructing it and where possible separating its materials. Labour costs and logistics are a large part of the cost of recycling a mattress. Some of those materials can be sold for income, but some cannot, and the recycler has to pay to dispose of them.

Recycle My Mattress members contribute to funding ongoing research into new uses for those old materials so that the materials have more value and we can therefore reduce the cost of recycling.

Recycle My Mattress is a product stewardship scheme instigated by the bedding industry and social enterprise mattress recycler, Soft Landing. We bring retailers, bedding brands and approved recyclers together to offer mattress recycling to our members’ customers.

Recycle My Mattress seeks recyclers that have the best environmental outcomes from the recycling process, and prefers social enterprise recyclers who prioritise creating jobs for those experiencing barriers to the normal labour market.

This project received grant funding from the Australian Government.

The shared responsibility for managing the environmental, human health and safety impacts of a product throughout its life.

Everyone who imports, designs, produces, sells, uses and disposes of products has a shared responsibility to reduce the environmental and human health and safety impacts of those products.

Product stewardship schemes support the environmentally sound management of products and materials over their life. This includes at the end of their useful life. These arrangements may be voluntary, mandatory or shared with industry. Recycle My Mattress has been developed in alignment with the Recycling and Waste Reduction Act 2020.

Any business partners must align with the scheme social and environmental commitments and objectives.

Approximately 1.6 million old (end-of-life) mattresses are landfilled each year in Australia. The disposal of an end-of-life mattress uses significant landfill space, contributes to the generation of greenhouse gases and represents a loss of valuable resources.

Mattress components are potentially 100% recyclable and the recovery of these materials will increase the availability of recyclable materials for downstream processing and contribute to the circular economy.