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Wicklow company Envirogreen Recycling is aiming to create 65 new jobs over the next year, with the introduction of Ireland’s first residential mattress recycling service.
Set up in 2009, the family-run company, which provides recycling services to commercial customers in Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland, operates two materials recovery facilities in Wicklow and Tyrone.
Under its new recycling service Envirogreen Recycling will collect mattresses from households and recycle 100pc of the components using, what managing director Conor Guy describes as a "sophisticated mattress dismantling machine" that has been designed by an Irish engineering firm.
"We've created 10 new positions already and have taken on drivers, operators and a supervisor. If it goes national, 65 positions will be a conservative estimate," he says.
The jobs the company will be hiring for when it rolls out the service will be in the areas of manual labour to operate the dismantling machine, drivers, supervisory and administrative and managerial roles.
Currently, all mattresses that arrive in civic amenity sites are sent to landfill and even though they are light they take up 23 cubic yards of landfill space each because of their bulkiness.
"At the moment, in Dublin, all the recycling facilities are run by private operators and there's a fee to take the mattress," explains Guy.
Envirogreen's mattress recycling service has already started Dublin and the company is aiming to roll it out nationwide over the next three months in different areas at a time.
"We're trying to make the service available to everyone. We do have other partners lined up around the country.
"We've also partnered with Cost Plus Sofas and Silent Night so any mattresses they get back we take and recycle them."
The company had already set up the mattress recycling service for the commercial sector, but a demand for the service from the public spurred Envirogreen to roll out a residential mattress collection service, explains Guy who was a runner-up for Belfast Telegraph Northern Ireland Young Businessperson of the Year in 2009 and 2010.
Denise Gibson, sales manager for the new service, says the main reason behind the demand for mattress recycling was due to the hassle people were having when it came to disposing of old mattresses properly.
"Currently, most people have to drag a mattress out to their cars, take it to the civic amenity site and pay a gate fee for it to be put into landfill. We are removing this burden and ensuring that the mattress is fully recycled, keeping it out of landfill and creating Irish jobs in the process," she explains.
Envirogreen has also introduced carbon saving recycling report for clients to offer transparency on how much CO2 the company saves.
It is also looking at introducing a carpet recycling service.
The company has been nominated for Repak Best Recovery Operator 2011, while it has already achieved many accolades such as being the 2011 Ulster Bank "All-Ireland Best Green Business" finalist, winning the 2010 Recycling All-star "Gold Award" and being the 2010 Shell Live Wire "Grand Ideas" winner.
Photo: Ethan Webbe, Denise Gibson and Mark Smyth of Envirogreen Recycling, picured launching the company's new residential mattress recycling service, which, when it is rolled out, will aim to create 65 new positions