Following the acquisition of its new recycling centre in Washington, J&B Recycling has taken on two new employees.
Ronnie Smiles and Robin Richardson started in June of this year and have more than 40 years ' experience between them in their roles.
The pair previously worked together at the site under its old owners before being asked to stay with J&B Recycling as Yard Supervisor and Telehandler Operator.
Vikki Jackson-Smith, Managing Director of J&B Recycling, said: “We’re delighted to welcome Ronnie and Robin to the team. We look forward to working with them and the knowledge they bring to J&B.
“Washington is our fourth site and means we now have a total of 20 acres of developed facilities across the North East.”
Robin said: “Working with J&B is probably the best job I’ve ever had. It’s always a positive atmosphere, everyone works effectively in their roles and the company is quick to help if we need anything.
“I look forward to getting up on a morning and going to work with a company that’s going from strength to strength.
“The future looks really good for J&B and I can’t wait to be a part of it.”
Ronnie Smiles, Yard Supervisor at J&B’s Washington site, said: “Working with J&B Recycling is one of the best moves I’ve made.
“The set up at the site is great and the company is really organised to ensure everything is running effectively for the waste streams.”
The pair have started work at the site alongside Kevin Bell, who has worked for the company since January 2019 as a Banks Person and QC. Kevin was transferred to Washington due to his knowledge of operating Sunderland City Council’s recycling contract.
Vikki added: “It has been really good as a company to strengthen Kevin’s role with more training to be able to operate the mobile plant on site.”
The Washington recycling centre is a drop off point for Sunderland City Council’s recycling. Waste is weighed in at the site before being collected and taken to the Hartlepool plant for sorting and processing.
J&B Recycling has recently announced its new contract with North Tyneside Council to process its recyclable waste and hope the acquisition of the Washington site will hold the potential to act as a delivery point for other recycling contracts.
Over the last year J&B has processed over 200,000 tonnes of materials from local authority and commercial waste streams and now has over 200 employees.
The recycling company is continuing to expand its work force with a number of positions available.