A TEESSIDE recycling firm is spreading its wings after securing 100 waste management contracts in the Tyneside area.
J & B Recycling predominantly operates weekly collections of a variety of waste streams in and around its home town of Hartlepool.
However, the company has managed to land 100 contracts outside the area since January, five times more than in previous months.
J&B recycles approximately 100,000 tonnes of waste each year from household, commercial, industrial and construction sources across the North East.
In anticipation of future growth, the firm has taken on two acres of land next door to its main site at Hartlepool to extend its sorting facility.
Commercial manager Mark Penny said: “Over the last 12 months we’ve been expanding into the Tyneside area in a bid to push outside of our normal boundaries.
“When the business launched in 2008 we provided a collection round for glass bottles, but in the last three years the business has developed through the building of two recycling facilities in Hartlepool, one which now processes all types of waste, whilst the other specialises in kerbside recyclables.
“We’ve always been associated as a glass recycling company but the last 12 months has been about telling people that we do a lot more than that.”
The recycling firm, which currently employs 135 people, is also looking to add more staff within the next three to six months. Since 2008, staff numbers have grown by up to 30 people each year.
As part of its ongoing expansion, J & B is now helping one of the world’s leading software companies, Sage UK, dispose of its general waste.
Managing director of J & B, Vikki Jackson-Smith, said: “We are delighted to be working with Sage UK because they are such a respected company across the world.
“They have a clear commitment to reducing landfill and our processes ensure that target is met.
“But it’s not all about saving the planet. We are offering a service that is also a cost-saving solution for businesses as well as practical alternative to splitting up waste into various bins.”
The Sage UK contract is the latest in a series of waste management deals J & B has secured with companies in recent months, including the Angel View Inn, in Gateshead.
J & B collects all of the hotel’s glass and cans, bales of cardboard and other materials, such as paper, plastic bottles and polythene for recycling. Materials are then transferred to the firm’s recycling facility for processing before going out to the recycling markets.
J&B Recycling were the first company in the Tees Valley to set up a plastic bottle bank scheme and were one of the first to offer co-mingled recyclable collections for commercial customers.
The company also manages a number of local authority sorting facilities to enable the effective handling and transportation of materials from the kerbside recycling schemes.