New roles created in North East by growing waste management firm
An independent waste management firm with four sites across the North East has created 20 new jobs.
J&B Recycling Ltd has forecast its fourth consecutive year of growth, saying that despite lower commodity prices and the Coronavirus lockdown, it has made operational efficiencies and continued investment which will enable it to grow.
The new positions created by the company include an electrical engineer, maintenance engineer, Class One HGV driver, three yard operatives and a PR and marketing executive. The roles will take overall employment numbers to above 200.
During the first three months of lockdown, J&B Recycling suffered a reduction in commercial tonnages by 60 per cent. It reacted quickly, reorganising the company to ensure that more than 95 per cent of staff remained working, furloughing only 5 per cent of staff the team.
However, the business was buoyed by household kerbside contracted tonnages increasing by 30 per cent. The company also experienced a 30 per cent growth in the first quarter of 2020 against the same period in the previous year.
Vikki Jackson-Smith, CEO of J&B Recycling, said: “Our teams at J&B have shown commitment and dedication throughout our growth and even more so over these challenging months.
“We’re thrilled to be adding to a strong and skilled team of staff and are keen to encourage progression throughout the business into more senior level roles.
“Our recent five-year programme of ongoing investment into infrastructure, process optimisation and automation has meant J&B has undertaken a huge transformation; taking the business from a basic low-tech operation to an industry leading high-tech facility.”
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