Recycling mattresses in the ACT

workers on mattress

In April 2016 a mattress recycling facility opened in the ACT. Prior to the establishment of this facility approximately 18,000 mattresses were sent to landfill each year.

Canberra residents can drop their old mattresses off at the Hume Sheds on John Cory Circuit from 7.30 am to 3.30 pm Monday to Friday to have them recycled for a fee. A convenient pick up service is also provided and can be arranged by calling 6260 1046.

The ACT mattress recycling facility, run by Soft Landing, recycles over 90 percent of mattress components. An average mattress contains 12.5kg of steel, 4kg of foam and 12kg for a wood base which can be separated for recycling to divert thousands of tonnes of waste from landfill each year.

The recyclable material is baled and stored, with the timber made into mulch and kindling, the foam on‑sold and used for carpet underlay, the fabric and felt padding used to make boxing bags and the steel springs sold as scrap metal.

Every 10 tonnes of materials diverted from landfill is equivalent to taking four cars off the road permanently, providing enough electricity to annually power 14.5 households, or saving enough water to fill 3.5 average backyard pools.

Price increases were introduced to support the transition from mattress disposal to a social and environmental mattress recycling project. The gate fee at the Mitchell and Mugga Lane Resource Management Centres is in line with other jurisdictions.

Pricing table of disposal options

Disposal options

Cost (per piece*)

Details

Dial a collection

$29.50

Phone (02) 6260 1046 to arrange pre-paid mattress pick-up from your home 7.30 am – 3.30 pm Monday to Friday.

This service is available even if you will not be home at the time of pick up.

Drop off at Hume Sheds

$23.00

Located on John Cory Circuit, Hume.

Open 7.30 am – 3.30 pm Monday to Friday.

Drop off at Mugga Lane Transfer Station

$33.00

Located on Mugga Lane, Symonston.

Open 7.30 am – 5 pm, seven days a week.

Drop off at Mitchell Transfer Station

$33.00

Located on Flemington Road, Mitchell.

Open 7.30 am – 5 pm, seven days a week.

*A base and mattress ensemble will be counted as two pieces.

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