Head Office (Directions)

182-188 Cambrai Street,
Belfast,

BT13 3JH


Tel: 028 9035 6600
Fax: 028 9035 6611
Mini-com: 028 9075 7012
Text Phone: 028 9075 0625
Email: info@usel.co.uk

Portadown (Directions)

2 William Street
Millennium Court 

Portadown,

Craigavon,

BT62 3NX


Tel: 028 3835 0202
Email: info@usel.co.uk

Londonderry/Derry (Directions)

Office 10, 1st Floor,

Enterprise North West,

The Enterprise Hub,

North West Business Complex,

Skeoge Industrial Park,
Londonderry/Derry,

BT48 8SE

 

Tel: 028 7116 1595

Email: info@usel.co.uk

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Ballymena (Directions)

Unit 30,

Woodside Road Ind Est,
Woodside Road,
Ballymena,
BT42 4QJ

Tel: 028 2568 9576

Slumberin Ballymena (Directions)

Unit 67,

Tower Centre,

Wellington Street,

Ballymena

BT43 6AH

Tel: 028 2568 9562

This project is part funded through the Northern Ireland European Social Fund Programme 2014 – 2020, the Department for the Economy, the Department for Communities, Belfast City Council, Derry City & Strabane District Council, Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council,  Mid & East Antrim Borough Council and Antrim & Newtownabbey Borough Council

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U RECYCLE

Usel operate a Circular Economy business model that contributes to the wider Circular Economy through the recycling of mattresses, carpet, furniture, plastic, cardboard and waste electrical items. This is a key driver in our commitment to creating a positive social impact in the communities and environments in which we operate. Our aim is to keep the resources within the economy until the product has reached the end of its life cycle.

By operating a Circular Economy model, it allows us to create more sustainable jobs for people with disabilities and health conditions across Northern Ireland.

Mattress recycling

Usel is Northern Ireland’s only mattress recycling provider diverting over 1000 tonnes of waste from landfill every year.

Usel collect mattresses from council recycling centres, bed retailers and hoteliers across the province and brings them back to our licenced facility.  100% of mattresses collected are diverted from landfill. 

The mattresses are disassembled into various components, such as foam, polyester and steel and sometimes include a range of natural fibres like wool and cotton depending on the type of mattress.  These components are segregated and sent on to other facilities for further processing and reused in several different ways such as carpet underlay, acoustic dampening in cars and the steel spring is sent to a local metal recycler to be melted down for reuse. 96% of each mattress is recycled, the remaining 4% is sent to energy from waste.

Usel work in partnership with Belfast City Council, Mid and East Antrim, Derry City & Strabane, North Down and Ards, University of Ulster and Queens University.  Bed retailers and hoteliers include Harvey Normans, Dreams and Holiday Inn. 

Usel is the only organisation in Northern Ireland to provide this service.  The benefits of mattress recycling include reducing waste, driving greater resource productivity and significantly reducing the environmental impact of mattress disposal.  In addition, Usel is creating employment opportunities for people with disabilities and health related conditions within its recycling operation.

MATTRESS RECYCLING PROCESS

1. Mattresses collected from amenity site

2. Mattresses brought back to base and uploaded to our system for traceability

3. Mattresses stripped down to various component materials

 

Carpet recycling

Usel are currently the only carpet recycling provider in Ireland.  We work in partnership with Mid and East Antrim and Irish Waste to collect and recycle carpet across Ireland.  Working in partnership results in 100% diversion from landfill.

 

The carpets are collected from amenity sites and brought back to our main site in Belfast for quality checking and baling. Following this process, they are then shipped for further reprocessing with a 100% recycling rate, before being sold into the equine sector across the UK and Ireland.

CARPET RECYCLING PROCESS

1. Carpets collected from council amenity sites

2. Brought back to HQ for weighing

3. Quality checks completed

4. Carpets are baled

5. Sent for further reprocessing for reuse within the equestrian sector for surfacing in show jumping arenas

Furniture Recycling

 

Usel work in partnership with Belfast City Council, Mid and East Antrim Council, Lisburn and Castlereagh Council and several private companies including Ikea to deliver a furniture re-use service across Northern Ireland.   The mission of these partnerships is to tackle furniture poverty and provide quality second hand furniture to families within communities who are most in need.

The furniture is gifted out through a voucher system which allows us to ensure that families within the local communities who are most in need have access to it. Any furniture that cannot be reused is deconstructed and recycled.

We are members of the  Re-Use Network and Community Re-Use Network Ireland and are committed to creating real and measurable social impact through our furniture re-use scheme.