Firm helps can-ny plight

Blackhall Community Centre manager Alison Patterson and Adrian Hall of J&B Recycling pictured with the recycling bin
Blackhall Community Centre manager Alison Patterson and Adrian Hall of J&B Recycling pictured with the recycling bin

A RECYCLING company with a “can-do” attitude came to the rescue to help solve a community centre’s waste problem.

Hartlepool-based firm J&B Recycling stepped in to help Blackhall Community Centre, which was having trouble shifting hundreds of cans it could not afford to recycle.

The Hesleden Road-based centre appeared in the Mail in September, when centre bosses described how they had to pay £400 a year to have extra cans and bottles left over from functions removed by Durham County Council.

Manager Alison Paterson said the facility simply could not afford this and therefore the cans and bottles were binned as part of general waste.

She said this led to their regular collection occasionally being overloaded, so they had to pay £75 for the extra load to be taken away as and when required.

Mrs Paterson said it was not worth their while weighing in the cans and appealed for someone to come forward with ideas of what to do with the cans, even suggesting an artist may want them to make a sculpture.

But bosses at J&B Recycling, which is based in Windermere Road and responsible for diverting more than 100,000 tons of recycling and waste from landfill each year, read about the centre’s problem and got in touch.

Now the company has provided a 240-litre wheelie bin and a fortnightly collection service to remove the cans from the centre.

J&B Recycling’s business development executive Gavin Lish said: “After reading the article in the Hartlepool Mail we contacted the community centre to offer our services.

As a business we collect recyclables from over 700 sites across the North-East and we pride ourselves on our ability to help local businesses manage their waste cost-effectively.”

Mrs Paterson said: “We would like to thank J&B Recycling for all of their help and assistance.

“It means so much to us and one less headache to worry about.

“The cost of recycling for us as a community centre is always an issue and for J&B to offer us this service is above and beyond what we could have expected.

“We consider J&B to be one of our new partners and hope to be able to somehow return the favour some time in the future.”