Soft Landing has taken two prizes at this year’s Keep Australia Beautiful Awards for its work on recycling the ACT’s mattresses.
The social enterprise won ACT Sustainable Community of the Year and the Dame Phyllis Frost Litter Prevention, Waste Management and Resource Recovery.
The Keep Australia Beautiful ACT Sustainable Communities Awards recognise the efforts of individuals, organisations, businesses and local government agencies in achieving sustainability in the territory.
“We are extremely proud of the work Soft Landing has done to stop mattresses from going to landfill while providing meaningful employment to people in the community who experience barriers to work,” said Michael Trushell, Director, ACT NOWaste.
“Not only does it have an environmental focus, but it is a social enterprise that is working to provide 75 per cent of positions to people in the community who are experiencing barriers to work including the long term unemployed.”
Since Soft Landing started operating in Canberra this past April, it has received more than 11,700 mattresses. It expects to recycle over 25,000 mattresses each year and is working towards recycling over 90 per cent of mattress components including foam, steel and wood.
The award comes just weeks after the social enterprise and TIC Group announced their partnership to tackle Australia’s end-of-life mattress problem.
National Operations Manager of Soft Landing, Bill Dibley, said its team’s work in the ACT had been a success.
“The partnership with the ACT Government has provided us with the Hume Shed facility and encouraged the community to bring mattresses straight to Soft Landing,” he said.
“I would also like to acknowledge our partners at Habitat Employment who ensure we provide opportunities to those in the local community who can most benefit from our waste to wages agenda” said Mr Dibley.
Photo from left to right: ACT Sustainable Communities lead judge Cormac Farrell; Soft Landing National Operations Manager Bill Dibley; Chidi Okwechime, Shane Prizeman; and Soft Landing ACT Site Manager Davydd Cunningham.