Did you know 1.6 million mattresses end up in landfill every year? That’s enough mattresses to lay end to end from Sydney to Perth 10 times!
Joyce Foam Products has joined Mission Australia in its quest to reduce waste and provide meaningful training and employment opportunities for Australians who have struggled to get into the workforce. The Soft Landing program is a resounding success and was a finalist in last year’s Social Enterprise Awards. As well as employing 75 paid staff and 35 volunteers, it operates 15 collection trucks throughout NSW.
With around 3,000 mattresses recycled every week, it’s a self-sustaining program with all profits ploughed back into job creation.
According to Mission Australia’s Soft Landing website a typical mattress
contains “12.5kg of steel, 2kg of wood and 1.5 kg of foam”. When recycled, that’s a lot of material not ending up in landfill.
“We’re really pleased to be part of this successful program which ticks the boxes for the environment and helping people gain work skills and real jobs”, said Joyce CEO Frank van Gogh. “Mission Australia’s mattress recycling aligns with our own goal to be a better choice foam supplier to the industry.”