Recycling business hires dozens more staff

Andrew Davison

Castleford-based recycling firm Bright Green Plastics, which employs 130 people to reprocess more than 40,000 tonnes of plastic waste each year, has created 37 jobs at its site since the start of 2021.

The latest recruits range from senior management to general operatives and have been drafted in to support the rapid growth of the business off the back of several significant contract wins.

Bolstering the 10-strong senior management team is new head of compliance, Jayne Graham.

She has a rich background in the energy for waste sector, having most recently occupied the role of SHEQ manager at uPVC recycling company, Eurocell Recycle.

Graham said: “It’s great to be part of a business that actively wants to improve within the HSE areas.

Jayne Graham

“It certainly makes my job a little easier. Bright Green Plastics has the potential to achieve great success, and I’m excited to be playing my role in this, whilst making the site an even better and safer place for all individuals to work.”

Joining her on the new starter roll call is engineering maintenance supervisor, Andrew Davison.

Davison previously held roles at SUEZ Environment and Clyde Bergemann, within the industrial pollution control division.

He will work directly for the maintenance and facilities manager to drive change and establish a fresh, customer-focused way of working, along with the day-to-day management of 12 engineers and apprentices.

Further boosting the company’s workforce are two new engineers, 26 site operatives and four forklift operators, who were recruited earlier this month to carry out a variety of roles spanning material recovery, extrusion, preparation and quality control.

Bright Green Plastics’ expanding research and development team has also welcomed an additional formulation technician and material tester, whilst the accounts department has appointed an accounting manager.

Steve Spencer, managing director, said: “We’ve had a fantastic start to the year, and are delighted to welcome so many new faces across every department of our business.

“From those with high-calibre industry experience to fresh, emerging talent, we couldn’t be happier with our army of new recruits.

“The introduction of the upcoming Plastic Tax, in just over a year, is set to change the face of the industry, and it’s crucial investments are made to nurture the next generation of plastic re-processors. We’ve got a very important job ahead of us.”