New recycling plant takes 100 off the dole

A HUNDRED unemployed people have been given work at a new recycling plant in Dewsbury.
Think3e, the UK’s biggest recycling social enterprise, has opened a 25,000sq ft industrial plant at Calder Bank Mills in Scout Hill after working with Kirklees Council on the project since last July .
The organisation has invested £250,000 in the site and is giving all the employees an apprenticeship, as well as the opportunity for permanent jobs.
Earlier this year Kirklees officials approved a £100,000 grant  to support Think3e by helping to buy equipment and contributing to the first year’s rent.
In addition to 100 jobs that have been created through the Future Jobs Fund the site has also recruited two permanent members of staff.
Council Leader Mehboob Khan said: “Dewsbury was once famous for recycling and became one of the richest areas in the country. We now have an opportunity to make it happen again.
“Think3e is working closely with the council’s business team and other partners to divert waste from landfill into secondgeneration raw materials and products that can be fed back into local manufacturing.
“We’re delighted that the organisation has created so many local jobs as well as attracting investment.”
The site will initially process around 40 tonnes of UPVC a month that would have otherwise ended up in landfill.
Think3e managing director Marcus Baldry said: “We are amazed at how many local businesses have engaged with us and offered us support.”

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