Mattress Recycling

Mattress Recycling

Mattress Recycling

Usel are Northern Ireland’s only mattress recycling provider diverting over 400 tonnes of waste from landfill every year.

Usel collects 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 then disassembled into various components, such as foam, polyester and steel but also include a range of natural fibres like wool and cotton depending on the type of mattress.  These components are then segregated and sent on to other facilities for further processing and reused in a number of 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.

The councils that Usel have partnered with, to date, include Belfast City Council, Mid East Antrim, Derry City & Strabane and Mid Ulster Council.  Bed retailers and hoteliers include Harvey Normans, Dreams and Holiday Inn. 

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

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