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Willshee’s win Usleep contract

Willshee’s has been appointed by Usleep, one of the UK’s leading manufacturers of foam, spring and hybrid mattresses, to provide a total waste management service that guarantees zero waste to landfill. This contract win is contributing to the Burton-based company’s current year on year growth rate of over 20%.

David Cunningham, divisional health and safety lead for Usleep, signed up with Willshee’s after visiting their new depot in Swadlincote which provides the most advanced Materials Recycling Facility in the region.

David said: “I was really impressed with this new site and commend Willshee’s for this investment. It’s great for manufacturers to have total peace of mind around having the best possible waste solution and which you can witness first-hand.”

David Cunningham

Usleep waste streams are segregated on site into cardboard, polythene, wood, metal and general waste before being collected by Willshee’s and processed. As much waste as possible is reused – wood from pallets, for example, is shredded and then processed into biomass fuel, cardboard is baled and sent off to be recycled back into the process. What is left is made into Solid Recovered Fuel (SRF) which is then supplied to Energy from Waste plants. SRF is already carbon offset – creating more environmentally friendly energy, with no waste going to landfill.

David added: “More and more consumers are expecting high environmental and sustainable solutions from the products and services they buy. In line with this, here at Usleep we are always looking to lead the way with regard to good practice when it comes to sustainability. So, it is absolutely critical that our waste is not only processed with zero waste going to landfill but also that the audit trail is totally robust and transparent.

“Willshee’s customer portal gives me an easy-to-access online update on how much CO2 we have saved and how much tonnage has been recycled – alongside other key metrics – in real time.”

Willshee’s managing director Dean Willshee commented: “We are really proud to be delivering a total waste management service to Usleep. As a business, they have very high standards and so to get this feedback is very gratifying. Indeed, winning contracts like Usleep absolutely endorses the investment we have made in the new depot.”

Usleep operates from two sites, using state-of-the-art machinery which has created one of the most efficient automated mattress production processes in the UK. The company follows stringent quality checks which are validated by audits from numerous trade bodies including the National Bed Federation. The business is also ISO 9001 and ISO 28000 accredited and is working towards ISO14001 in line with its commitment to sustainability and best in class business ethics.

Usleep’s next project towards a greener footprint is to change its current LPG powered fleet of 20 forklift trucks to be a lithium battery powered fleet with the first arrivals schedule for the last quarter of 2021, this is in-line with the company’s directors’ philosophy of improvement and investment, further reducing the CO2 output from emissions to the environment.

Ben Kelly-Walley – Willshee’s business development manager with David Cunningham – Usleep divisional health and safety lead
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