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The two year extension will see J&B Recycling continue to process 45,000 tonnes a year of separately collected glass and commingled recyclables for the local authorities.
Commencing in October 2021 the contracts have a combined value of £2.5million per year and has been with J&B since October 2019.
Mark Penny, Commercial Manager at J&B Recycling, said: “We have had a close relationship with the two local authorities, with contamination reducing to around 17% for Newcastle and 11% for North Tyneside. We were able to increase the volume of plastic pots, tubs and trays the council’s recycled as previously they did not target those items. We’re pleased to see an extension to the work we do.”
In the past two years the contract with J&B Recycling has seen Newcastle City Council recycle an additional 33 tonnes of plastic pots, tubs and trays a month and North Tyneside an additional 28 tonnes a month which were previously going to general waste. This is the equivalent to filling nine Olympic swimming pools when combined.
From January 2020 to January 2021 the amount of material being processed at J&B for North Tyneside Council increased by 19.33%, with both local authority contracts affected by lockdown and more people working from home.
During the length of the contracts contamination has reduced and we hope to continue to work alongside the local authorities to engage with the public and improve the quality of materials brought to the material recycling facility (MRF).
Ongoing investment at J&B Recycling has seen throughput increase by 115% since 2016, resulting in better material quality and a beneficial environmental impact. Continued investment such as the new Eddy Current Separator which was installed in December will enable J&B Recycling to improve the tonnes processed to increase capacity and grow the business further.
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