Top business honour for Hartlepool recycling firm

Vikki Jackson-Smith, managing director at J&B Recycling, celebrates her company being crowned as the winner in the Innovation & Excellence Awards.
Vikki Jackson-Smith, managing director at J&B Recycling, celebrates her company being crowned as the winner in the Innovation & Excellence Awards.
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A recycling firm in Hartlepool has been named as the UK leader in a global competition set up to recognise businesses which show continuous improvement.

The awards – run by Corporate LiveWire – saw J&B Recycling named as the Most Outstanding In Recycling Solutions in the Innovation and Excellence category.

J&B Recycling, which employs almost 200 staff in Hartlepool and Middlesbrough, has invested £6m into a state-of-the-art materials recycling facility, which sorts and processes various kinds of waste, and has also has also invested heavily in equipment for both sites.

Vikki Jackson-Smith, managing director, said: “We are absolutely delighted to be named as the winners of such a prestigious award.

“We have continued to grow year-on-year, both in terms of our turnover and the workforce, and throughout that time we have continued to invest in systems to ensure we stay ahead of the field and provide the best service we can to our customers.

“To be named as a top performer in the UK is an honour for any business in any sector, and it is nice for everyone connected with J&B Recycling that our hard work is recognised in this way.”

Jake Powers, from Corporate LiveWire, said: “Given the increased focus on sustainability and ecology in recent times, it has become even more imperative for companies to provide innovative solutions in waste collection, recovery and recycling.

“Our judges were satisfied that J&B Recycling tick all of these boxes and were particularly impressed by the seamless manner in which they operate.”