Ulster waste firm's Ikea deal
A Newtownabbey company has secured one of the most high profile recycling contracts in Northern Ireland.
Swedish furniture giant Ikea, which is opening its first store on the island of Ireland in Belfast later this week, is famous for its environmental initiatives.
And it has signed up Mallusk-based ISL Waste Management to help its new Belfast outlet reach a target of recycling 90% of its waste, totalling an estimated 1,500 tonnes per year.
It is one of the most ambitious recycling projects in Ireland, according to ISL managing director Michael McLarnon.
He said: "Winning this contract with Ikea is a significant sign that our can-do attitude, our constant innovation and our focus on setting ever higher service level targets are keeping us, as a local company, on the front line of the recycling and waste management industry."
Ikea said several measures have been put in place at the Belfast store - it opens on Thursday - that demonstrate the retailer takes its environmental responsibility seriously.
The measures include a methane protection zone underneath the floor providing a 'clean air blanket', removing any methane gases from the building.
There is also a rainwater harvesting system to supply water for lavatory flushing; a biomass system that will provide a wood pellet central heating system for the entire store, and a customer recycling service for a range of products.