Hartlepool firms urged to make savings on waste

Mark Penny from J&B Recycling.
Mark Penny from J&B Recycling.

Companies could be squandering up to 4% of their turnover on waste costs, bosses at a Hartlepool firm have warned.

Mark Penny, Commercial Manager at J&B Recycling, spoke out to tell how improving resource efficiency and preventing unnecessary waste could produce big savings for businesses.

The company caters for industries including construction, education, local authority and commercial property. It collects waste and helps organisations to achieve zero waste to landfill.

J&B Recycling follows a five-step plan to aid its organisations - prevention, preparing for re-use, recycling, other recovery and then disposal.

Mr Penny said: “Prevention and preparing for re-use can make big savings for businesses, so companies should be refurbishing whole items or spare parts, using less material in design and manufacture and also designing products for a longer life.

“However changes can even be as small as monitoring paper use from printers and photocopiers, or putting re-usable cutlery in the canteen.

“Educating is also key, signage and labels around the building to remind employees about waste and recycling groups could make a big difference.”

The company has now put 52 companies through its ‘Zero Waste to Landfill’ certificate.