Hartlepool firm celebrates council waste contract

A Hartlepool waste management company is celebrating winning another big contract – on its own doorstep.

Friday, 23rd April 2021, 9:07 am

J&B Recycling has been awarded the contract to process the kerbside recyclables for Hartlepool Borough Council.

The contract will run for two years with the possibility for an extension and will see the company processing around 8,000 tonnes of materials a year.

Mark Penny, commercial manager at J&B Recycling, which is based in Thomlinson Road, said: “Although we have worked with Hartlepool Council on a number of projects, this is the first time we have been able to process their kerbside collections, which a huge plus for us and continues our growth within the North East recycling sector.

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Mark Penny, of J&B Recycling

“We are looking forward to working with the council to increase their recycling rates and encourage waste awareness amongst residents.”

The contract, which started on April 1, has a value of £1.4m over two years.

It is hoped that materials that can be included in recycling collections in can be expanded and the firm say it is also committed to working alongside the local authority to reduce contamination by raising awareness of recycling procedures.

Kieran Bostock, assistant director for place management with Hartlepool Borough Council, said: “We are delighted to have been able to award this contract to a successful local company.

“As an authority committed to a sustainable future, we look forward to working closely with them with the aim of maximising the recycling options open to residents of the Borough.”

As a Hartlepool based firm – with 74% of its workforce living in the area – tha contract adds to J&B Recycling’s portfolio of local authorities and continues to support the local business with the possibility of creating new jobs, apprenticeships and the overall expansion of the company.

The last five years has seen J&B Recycling undertake an ongoing programme of major upgrades following a £7.5m investment from the Business Growth Fund (BGF) in 2014.

The firm say these investments have taken it from a basic low-tech operation to an industry leading, high tech, high profit company which has seen a 200% rise in the amount of waste processed every hour through the plant.

J&B Recycling is currently looking at its fourth consecutive year of growth.

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