Recycling company Casepak has created 108 new jobs in Leicestershire since the launch of its new Materials Recycling Facility (MRF) in September last year. Located on a brown field site, once the British Shoe Association sports ground, the new facility has also provided the region with the very latest recycling solutions. This will help the area’s local authorities, householders and businesses to reduce waste, recycle more and, importantly, use fewer virgin materials.
Despite the difficult economy, Casepak has bucked national trends and exceeded its initial target of employing 100 new staff this year. And, with more capacity at the plant, the company’s growth is expected to continue into next year.
“Before opening the MRF we employed 77 people at our plant in Enderby,” explained Joint Managing Director Mark Smith. “With our second site at Braunstone Frith now providing 108 jobs, we’ve more than doubled our workforce in the last 10 months, which is phenomenal.”
The MRF is an extremely high tech facility incorporating the latest recycling equipment to separate and sort a wide variety of materials typically found in dry mixed household recycling collections. These materials need to be effectively sorted to ensure that they are contaminant-free and are suitable for use in the manufacture of new products.
During the last 10 months the MRF has provided opportunities and training for local jobseekers at a variety of levels including 87 operational employees, a 12-strong maintenance team and nine general/administrative employees.
“We plan to grow even more, processing more material, winning more contracts and employing more people,” said Mark Smith. “Earlier this year we were announced as the Leicestershire Business of the Year 2012, which just goes to show that our investment and commitment to developing excellent green solutions has been recognised locally.”