A recycling firm has landed a three-year deal with a local authority which has resulted in three new jobs being created.
J&B Recycling tendered for work with Sunderland City Council when the contract became available.
The Hartlepool-based firm won the contract, and work started on April 1 with an estimated 20,000 tonnes of recycleable materials being processed each year.
J&B’s commercial manager Mark Penny (pictured) said: “We put the tender in when we knew the previous contract was drawing to a close, and we were delighted that Sunderland City Council opted to work with us.
“Over the next three years, we expect to collect 20,000 tonnes each year.
“The council will deliver the materials it collects from its blue bins to a drop-off point at a site in Washington.
“All of the paper material goes straight from there to a paper mill, but everything else is taken by us to our plant in Hartlepool where it is processed and then sent out from there to be recycled.
“It is always encouraging to secure new business, it shows the reputation we have built within J&B Recycling is a very good one, and it is an added bonus that this contract has enabled us to create three new positions.”
To handle the growing workload, a new shed to store waste has been completed.
The expansive unit, which measures 54m x 38m, will allow J&B Recycling to store all co-mingled material prior to be it being sorted.
J&B Recycling, which has won was shortlisted in the green category at the North East Business Awards, employs almost 200 staff.
It recycles approximately 120,000 tonnes of waste each year from household, commercial, industrial and construction sources with customers including car parts manufacturer Nifco UK, Camerons Brewery and dozens of community buildings, pubs and restaurants.