AN award-winning firm has secured a prestigious £1.5m-a-year contract to collect household waste from recycling banks.
Hartlepool company J & B Recycling will collect and manage waste from 76 “bring” banks across the Tees Valley.
As well as Hartlepool, the deal covers Stockton, Darlington, Middlesbrough and Redcar and Cleveland.
The contract is worth around £1.5m a year to the firm and comes just weeks after it was named the town’s Business of the Year at the Hartlepool Business Awards.
Managing director Vikki Jackson-Smith said: “We are delighted to have been awarded the contract to manage the recycling banks across all five Teesside local authorities.
“It is the first time there have been standardised sites across the region.
“This will mean a far more efficient service with new colour-coded containers and clearer, user-friendly branding to explain what can be recycled and where it goes.”
She said the deal would mean fewer containers and less congestion at the sites.
J & B won both the Business of the Year and the Environmental categories at this year’s business awards.
The firm recycles around 100,000 tonnes of waste each year from household, commercial, industrial and construction sources.
The company employs 145 staff and recorded a turnover of £8.96m for 2010-11.
More than 340 new containers have been delivered to existing sites to collect glass, paper, cardboard cans, plastics and textiles. The containers have been specifically designed to improve the appearance and cleanliness of the site, reduce congestion and ensure materials are collected effectively.
Mrs Jackson-Smith added: “We expect the new containers will increase participation from the public because it’s very clear as to what goes where. For example, all glass can go into one container now whereas it had to be sorted into different colours previously.
“The idea has been to provide the same service wherever you are in Teesside. That brings economies of scale for ourselves and the local authorities because it means we are collecting far more efficiently.”
J & B Recycling has also successfully tendered to collect and manage all waste from Middlesbrough Borough Council buildings.
The contract is worth around £300,000 a year and will see up to three waste collections a week from more than 80 locations across the town including schools, libraries, parks, care homes and offices.