Hopes for top award

HOPEFUL:  Vikki Jackson-Smith, managing director of J & B Recycling
HOPEFUL: Vikki Jackson-Smith, managing director of J & B Recycling

A RECYCLING firm is in line for a prestigious national award after proving itself one of the best waste management companies in the business.

J & B Recycling has been shortlisted for the Waste Management Business of the Year in the National Recycling Awards.

The industry awards are seen as the most respected within the waste management sector and attract hundreds of entrants ahead of a glittering ceremony at the London Hilton on Park Lane.

Managing director Vikki Jackson-Smith said: “We are absolutely thrilled to be shortlisted as Waste Management Business of the Year because these are the highest honours in the recycling industry.

“We had to put forward a case that demonstrated how we had grown a strong, successful business with tangible improvements, innovations and creative solutions.

“It’s incredible to think how far J & B Recycling has come and we are now gaining recognition as one of the most forward-thinking and innovative waste management firms in the country.”

J & B Recycling, which employs 145 staff at premises in Hartlepool, Redcar and Stockton, submitted an awards entry which demonstrated how it had introduced innovative new services and processes to ensure that both the waste material it receives and the output it sells on are of the highest possible quality.

This was supported by the company demonstrating a substantial increase in year-on-year turnover and profits.

Award organisers said: “Winners demonstrate effective strategy, tangible improvement, innovative and creative solutions, and a strong business case. They, and those who are shortlisted, are the very best in our industry.”

J & B Recycling hopes to scoop a hat-trick of awards this year after claiming Star Radio Business of the Year title and the Corporate Responsibility and Environment Award in the North East Business Awards in recent weeks.

The business was also named Hartlepool’s Business of the Year in 2011.

Mrs Jackson-Smith added: “It is fantastic recognition for the hard work and dedication of the staff here. They are the ones who come up with the ideas that make our business a success.

“We have been very successful with awards this year and to top it off with the title of Best Waste Management Business in the country would be amazing.”

The firm finds out if it has won when the National Recycling Awards are presented in London on July 3.