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Whether you’ve got a spare bed that you want to get rid of or it’s simply time to upgrade, the question about how to get rid of an old mattress may spring to mind.

As always, being informed is the best way to make responsible recycling decisions. We have provided some useful information below about how to get rid of your old mattress and be environmentally-friendly at the same time.

Can they be recycled?

Companies like Soft Landing, a national social enterprise operating across 4 states of Australia, have been coming up with creative ways to repurpose up to 75% of the materials found in your old mattresses.

Soft Landing divert mattresses from landfill and recover as many of the components as possible. They convert steel springs into steel roofs, the timber frames are turned into mulch and the mattress foam is turned into carpet underlays. By doing this, they help to protect the environment and secure jobs within local communities.

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How to recycle a mattress: NSW, VIC, ACT & WA

If you live in NSW, ACT, VIC & WA, Soft Landing offers mattress collection and drop-off services. A small fee is associated with these services in order to cover the costs of transport, recycling and cleaning of the mattresses for reuse. The average cost for Soft Landing to collect and recycle your mattress is $50.00 per piece and $35.00 for additional pieces.

How to recycle a mattress: QLD

Planet Ark has launched a similar scheme with a view to making recycling facilities more accessible for everyone. Their website Recycling Near You lists a series of drop-off locations and helpful tips.

You can also check with your local council to find out if kerbside collections occur in your area.