Mission Australia company Soft Landing has won the Premier's Award for Environmental Excellence as part of the New South Wales (NSW) Government Green Globe Awards.
Soft Landing is based near Illawarra, recycling and refurbishing mattresses. Australia throws around 1.2 million mattresses into landfill each year, and they are the item that councils most frequently collect.
The average mattress contains 12.5kg of steel, which can be sold as scrap metal; 2kg of wood, which the company recycle for kindling; and 1.5kg of foam, that can be used as carpet underlay. The Mission Australia company removes and recycles these parts so that they can be utilised, and do not take up diminishing landfill space.
The company claims that ten tonnes of material provides enough electricity to annually power 14.5 households. This is approximately 625 mattresses.
The green business was presented with its award on Monday September 3rd. The Green Globe Awards ceremony takes place each year and the NSW government claims that it is, “the leading environmental awards recognising environmental excellence, leadership and innovation”.
Posted by Simon Thomas