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Interface Flooring partner USEL for ReEntry carpet tile recycling scheme

Modular flooring specialist Interface has launched a partnership with Belfast-based social enterprise USEL to support employment for people with disabilities and recycle thousands of used carpet tiles.

The Belfast Telegraph reports that the ReEntry scheme will see interface collect 14,000 square metres of used carpet tiles, which are currently sent to landfill, and deliver them to USEL’s depot in Belfast where they will be sorted by grade.

Tiles that are in good condition will be sold on for re-use by local community groups or social housing associations. Lower graded tiles will be repurposed for use as a riding surface at equestrian schools and only as a last resort recovered as energy at a waste to energy facility.

USEL trains, employs or supports around 1200 people with disabilities and health conditions each year in Northern Ireland and will use any income generated from the scheme to create a number of new jobs.

Speaking to the Belfast Telegraph, Grace Bruton, of Interface, said: "ReEntry turns what was previously regarded as 'rubbish' into something which benefits the environment and local community.

"With over 50 years' experience in delivering environmental and social projects, USEL is the perfect partner, and our ambition is to expand the service."

The service has already been used by Marks & Spencer, Apple and Mastercard to help reach sustainability targets.


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