Q4 2023

SME News Q4 2023/ 14 Sustainable Recycling and Waste Management Solutions Established in 1998, J&B Recycling, part of the Urbaser group, is one of the northeast’s largest waste management companies, processing over 200,000 tonnes of commercial and household waste every year. Sustainability is at the heart of J&B Recycling’s operations and the business is dedicated to creating a circular economy with effective waste management. For its efficient waste and recycling solutions, J&B Recycling has received our award for this year’s Best Waste Management & Recycling Company - County Durham. J&B Recycling operates two materials recycling facilities (MRFs) in Hartlepool, one in South Tees and a transfer station in Washington. Over the last 25 years, Managing Director Vikki Jackson-Smith has steered the company from a small family business to a nationally renowned waste management company that employs almost 200 people, and which is now part of one of the largest waste management companies in Europe. The company is committed to offering quality and reliability, consistently innovating its processes to be one of the best in the industry. The collections fleet provides the highest standards of service, ensuring that collections are always efficient and timely. J&B Recycling processes waste 363 days a year, delivering both commercial and household waste services across the north of England and parts of Scotland. As well as general waste and dry mixed recyclate collection, the business provides skip hire and bulk waste disposal for businesses, hazardous waste disposal, and many other services. J&B Recycling’s processing facilities are used to save customers money, time, and stress whilst making a positive impact on the environment, with the business’s flagship Windermere MRF in Hartlepool employing the latest sorting technology to guarantee a 99% recovery of recyclable materials. J&B Recycling is proud of its Zero Waste to Landfill solution where waste is either recovered for recycling or taken to an energy from waste facility. Energy from waste is a technique that uses non-recyclable waste to recover partially renewable energy which can be used to power homes and businesses, helping to pave the way for a more sustainable future. Over the past five years, the Windermere MRF has increased its processing capacity by more than 300% through efficiency improvements. This increase has enabled the company to achieve sustainable EBITDA levels (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation, and amortisation), which are above the market average. Looking to the future, J&B Recycling remains focused on further growth in gross profit and EBITDA. It is the business’s aim to surpass its competitors in the waste industry marketplace by operating at between 20%-25% EBITDA. The company is committed to driving EBITDA by improving efficiency, investing in its facilities, and delivering superior recycled products. In 2021, J&B Recycling was acquired by Urbaser Ltd and became part of the Urbaser group. Urbaser is a world leader in environmental solutions, a global company focused on leveraging the value of the world’s resources to build a more sustainable tomorrow, serving more than 70 million people in 15 countries through a huge network of more than 50,000 employees and 150 plants that work every day to achieve real circularity. In the United Kingdom, Urbaser offers a wide range of municipal, commercial, and waste processing services which are dedicated to conserving resources, reducing carbon emissions, and making circularity real. Vikki Jackson-Smith is J&B Recycling’s founder and Managing Director. Here she shares her advice for SME businesses: “Your team is your biggest asset. Invest in hiring skilled employees and provide them with training and development opportunities. Networking is also crucial; building relationships with other businesses, industry experts, and potential customers can open doors to new opportunities and collaborations.” Sustainability is a fundamental value for J&B Recycling, deeply embedded in its business operations. The company's dedication to positively impacting the environment is evident through its cuttingedge recycling and waste management solutions. J&B Recycling continuously strives to improve its recycling methods and promote sustainable habits within the community. It aims to leverage advanced technology and environmentally friendly processes to contribute to a cleaner planet and provide responsible waste management services to the businesses and local authorities it serves. Looking to the future, J&B Recycling remains dedicated to offering its unparalleled services across multiple sectors to maintain its position as one of the North East's leading waste service providers. The business will remain at the forefront of waste management and recycling by continuing to innovate its facilities and invest in its skilled team. J&B Recycling embraces sustainability and is passionate about securing a greener future with its effective, end-to-end waste management and recycling solutions. J&B Recycling has received our award for this year’s Best Waste Management & Recycling Company - County Durham. Contact: Charlie Payne Company: J&B Recycling Web Address: www.jbrecycling.co.uk