Keeping bulky mattresses out of landfill

From 1 July 2021, Lismore City Council formalised a program to recycle mattresses. 

With Council receiving on average more than 4000 mattresses annually at the Lismore Recycling and Recovery Centre, the mattress recycling program aims to minimise the amount of waste sent to landfill, reduce methane gases being produced from decomposing mattresses and recycle end-of-life waste products by turning them into a resource.

100% of the mattress materials are reused and recycled - with the stripped metals reused as railway wheels, foam repurposed into carpet underlay, material utilised in decorative wall panels and the remaining products, including floc, wood and plastic, processed as biofuel.

The cost to deposit mattresses at the Lismore Recycling and Recovery Centre is $25 per mattress (any size) which reflects the cost of having them recycled.