Major deal for waste firm

A WASTE management firm has created new jobs and expanded after landing a deal with a shopping centre.

 O’Brien Waste Recycling Solutions, which has a branch in Hartlepool, has added four more staff to its 320-strong workforce.

 It comes after O’Brien clinched a £2m deal to help Europe’s biggest shopping centre reduce its environmental impact.

 The contract will see the North-East-based company recycle 96 per cent of the waste produced by the MetroCentre, in Gateshead, with the aim of making it the greenest shopping centre in the UK in 2012.

 The business will divert almost all of the waste from the retail centre which may have previously gone to a landfill to processing plants where it will be fully recycled, while also providing additional training for centre staff about recycling.

 O’Brien has also increased its fleet by two vehicles to handle the new contract.

Nathan O’Brien, director of waste management at the company, said: “This is an excellent contract to have been awarded and we are delighted that such a huge shopping centre has chosen to work together with the region’s leading waste recycling company to ensure maximum recycling. It’s great to see such a large organisation committed to improving its environmental impact.”

 Dave Dixon, environmental services manager at MetroCentre, said: “O’Brien has worked with Europa Facility Services at MetroCentre in the past to help us clear snow in winter, and it’s fantastic that we now have a long-term relationship that will see us become more environmentally friendly.

 “The partnership between O’Brien and MetroCentre will help to reinforce all of our waste management practices that we have undertaken over recent years. O’Brien will also allow us to achieve one of our main targets, which is to send zero waste to landfill. This was a major factor in our decision to enlist O’Brien to work with us.”

 Every year the MetroCentre generates around 4,500 tonnes of waste, of which 70 per cent is currently recycled.

 Working with O’Brien will enable the centre to recycle up to 96 per cent of its waste.

 O’Brien has managed high quality services throughout the UK since 1973 and is one of the largest providers of waste management services in the country.