Dispose of mattresses

Last updated: 12 March 2021

Why recycle your mattress?

In Victoria, over 300,000 mattresses are sent to landfill every year, equating to over 5,700 per week. This is truly a waste, since mattresses are made of valuable materials, most of which are recyclable. Dispose of your mattress correctly to:

  • minimise the amount of raw materials extracted from the environment
  • minimise air and water pollution as a result of the extraction and processing of raw materials
  • reduce landfill.

How to recycle your mattress

Most councils in Melbourne provide mattress collection services to residents as part of their hard rubbish collection. Use our easy council search to find out about your council's waste and recycling services. Some private providers may also come and collect an old mattress from you to be recycled or re-used.

What happens to recycled mattresses?

An average mattress contains 12.5kg of steel, 2kg of wood and 1.5kg of foam. These components are separated for recycling, in the process diverting thousands of tonnes of waste from landfill each year.

Mattress recycling initiatives

Soft Landing

Soft Landing recycles mattresses from councils, hospitals, hotels and retail chains. In 2015 Soft Landing launched Australia’s first automated deconstruction plant for end-of-life mattresses. The facility has the capacity to recycle over 450,000 mattresses each year, employs 35 people and diverts approximately 100,000 mattresses away from landfill each year in Victoria.

Metropolitan Waste and Resource Recovery Group

The Metropolitan Waste and Resource Recovery Group (MWRRG) is a Victorian State Government Statutory Body responsible for coordinating and facilitating the delivery of waste management and resource recovery across metropolitan Melbourne. In 2014 metropolitan councils collected around 232,000 mattresses for refurbishment, manual dismantling and mechanical separation, and mixed shredding to recover steel.