Hartlepool firm J&B Recycling supports local communities with wind farm revenue

J&B Recycling has made its first annual donation to the charity Feeding Families, sourced from revenue generated by recycling materials from the construction of Dogger Bank Wind Farm.
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The offshore wind farm is poised to be the world's largest when it is finished in 2026.

In 2023, Hartlepool firm J&B Recycling secured a three-year contract with GE Renewable Energy for sustainable waste management at the farm, which is being constructed off the North East coast.

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This collaboration underscores a shared interest in environmental responsibility while also having a direct impact on the local community.

Hartlepool firm J&B Recycling.Hartlepool firm J&B Recycling.
Hartlepool firm J&B Recycling.

Under the terms of the agreement with GE Renewable Energy, J&B Recycling, which is based in Thomlinson Rd, is committed to donating revenue from recycled materials to a local charity.

The chosen beneficiary, Feeding Families, operates in the North East to combat food poverty. Given the current economic situation, this support is particularly relevant and needed in the region where J&B Recycling operates.

Ingrid Brough-Williams, marketing manager at J&B Recycling, recently visited Feeding Families' new facility in Sedgefield, meeting with Sarah McPhie, head of engagement. This visit provided an opportunity to understand the charity's operations better and to communicate the donation news.

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Ingrid said: "I was really impressed by the facility. Meeting some of the volunteers who help pack emergency food supplies was inspiring.

"These supplies are essential for various agencies across the North East, including schools and social services. The scale of their operation is substantial; they need to distribute over 3,000 boxes monthly to those in need.

"It's a challenging task, especially as they cannot always rely on food donations and often have to purchase supplies. Hearing the stories of individuals and families in our area facing severe hardship was eye-opening and underscores the importance of our contribution."

Responding to this, Sarah McPhie from Feeding Families added: "We are incredibly grateful for the support from J&B Recycling and Dogger Bank Wind Farm. This partnership is not just about the financial contribution; it's a lifeline for many families. It's heartening to see local companies stepping up to make a real difference in the community. Their support enables us to continue our work, reaching more families in need during these challenging times."

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Once completed, the Dogger Bank Wind Farm will be a significant renewable energy source, capable of powering six million British homes. This project represents a step forward in the UK’s renewable energy initiatives. It is being developed by SSE Renewables, Equinor and Vårgrønn.

GE Renewable Energy, known for their commitment to environmental responsibility, prioritises both ecological care and community engagement. In their management of the Dogger Bank project, they selected J&B Recycling, a local waste services provider, to reduce the environmental footprint of the project. The proximity of J&B Recycling’s facility, just 3.3 miles from the site, makes it a strategic choice for diminishing transportation-related carbon emissions. Additionally, the contract with J&B Recycling incorporates a zero waste to landfill policy, adhering to contemporary environmental practices. This strategy reflects a pragmatic approach towards minimising environmental impact and underscores GE Renewable Energy's dedication to sustainable operations.

Dogger Bank Wind Farm community engagement manager Rachel Lawrence said: “It’s truly heart-warming to see our supply chain improving the lives of families in our key communities. J&B are helping us to ensure the legacy of our construction programme is far-reaching and helping those who most need it.”

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