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Lawrence Recycling bosses to continue waste collection business
LAWRENCE Recycling bosses will continue to run a waste collection business in Kidderminster despite its skip hire firm entering administration.
Chairman Andrew Gibson told The Shuttle that Lawrence Recycling and Waste Management 2013 will continue to collect waste from its commercial customers but a licensed third-party site will be used for storage and recycling.
It emerged yesterday that part of the company, Lawrence’s Skip Hire, went into administration last week and 24 employees were made redundant after two major fires hit the firm in seven months.
The Forge Recycling facility, in Stourport Road, has also been put up for sale as the costs to reopen it are prohibitive.
The original company, Lawrence Recycling and Waste Management, will also be closed and the new firm, with a similar name but with 2013 in its title, will begin to trade.
Mr Gibson said the company had been able to keep 18 employees to work for the new company.
He said: “It’s extremely sad. We’re a team of people who have worked very hard since we opened The Forge in 2009 - we’ve tried to recycle and meet Government targets.
“A lot of people lost their jobs and they all live in the area. It was incredibly difficult to make the decision. It’s important that part of the business is able to continue and make sure waste is still being collected.
“A lot of people will look at The Forge and be pleased it’s closed - you have to reflect on that. We were recycling 75 per cent of the hundreds of thousands of tonnes we collected, which will now have to go elsewhere.”
Lawrence Recycling had been running its skip hire company since 1984 and opened its Stourport Road recycling facility in 2009.
Mr Gibson said the money from the sale of The Forge would go to the bank for creditors.
When asked if taxpayers would see money used for demolition work after June’s devastating blaze returned, Mr Gibson said: “I honestly don’t know. It depends on the value of the site - the company has no money - It’s now in control of administrators KPMG.
“The plan for the future is to look after the customers on the commercial side and protect the employees that we’ve been able to keep on.”
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