Usel partners with Holiday Inn Express Belfast to tackle mattress waste

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Ulster Supported Employment and Learning (Usel), a Northern Ireland-based charity that helps people with disabilities and health conditions into employment, has partnered with Holiday Inn Express Belfast Queen’s to recycle the hotel’s old mattresses.

The 114-bedroom hotel on University Street, Belfast, is reported to be investing in premises and upgrading mattresses and bedding. The discarded mattresses are being recycled in Usel's mattress recycling facility in Belfast.

"The number of discarded mattresses going to landfill is a growing problem," said Scott Jackson, circular economy manager, Usel. "They are difficult to compact, consume valuable landfill space and can take years to decompose. Within Usel's recycling operations, mattresses are disassembled into various components which are then segregated and reused in a number of different ways such as carpet underlay and acoustic dampening in cars. In addition to the environmental benefits of providing this service, this is generating employment opportunities for people with disabilities and health related conditions within Usels recycling facilities."

Aidan Murtagh, general manager, Holiday Inn Express Belfast Queen’s Quarter, said that through its partnership with Usel, it can "ensure reuse of components, protecting our environment and supporting employment in our local communities".

Jackson added: “Not only are our recycling operations providing an economic and environmental benefit but we are able to deliver jobs, training, and support to people who have barriers to sustaining gainful employment.”

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