Tuesday, July 22, 2014

News: Universal Recycling expansion plans backed by Barclays


Universal Recycling has announced expansion plans at its Rotherham site and is targeting a turnover of £50m, backed by funding from Barclays.

Specialists in scrap metal recycling, WEEE recycling and cable recycling, the firm has purchased a 7.25-acre site adjacent to its current site on Wharf Road, Kilnhurst. This is thought to be the previous home of pallet racking firm, Redirack before it entered administration at the start of the year.

The family run business has been operating for over 30 years and also operates a site in Lancashire. It works with metal merchants, local authorities and cable and white good manufacturers. It has continued to invest in machinery and is currently the UK's largest cable recycler. Dedicated machines are used to strip, shred and separate cabling in order to produce granulated products such as copper granules and equestrian surfacing.

John Hughes, managing director at Universal Recycling, said: "Our current site is literally bursting at the seams and so we've been delighted to secure the funding to purchase the adjacent 7.25 acre site to expand our operations. The new premises will enable us to increase production whilst streamlining operational efficiencies and we hope to create new jobs as our plans develop."

Matthew Chenery, relationship director at Barclays, added: "John and his team are longstanding customers and it's great that we've been able to support their growth plans which will create much needed jobs in the area. Universal Recycling is a well-run family business prospering in the current climate and investing for the future, taking advantage of the general economic upturn."

Universal Recycling currently employs 52 staff and a further 52 agency staff. It has previously attempted to secure planning permission to allow the Kilnhurst site to operate 24 hours a day.

Turnover this year is expected to be over £50m.

Universal Recycling website

Images: Universal Recycling


Anonymous,  July 22, 2014 at 12:55 PM  

This company has been making local lives a misery for a significant time now, breaking its opening hours and kicking out dust at ridiculous levels, there are complaints everyday, it's ruining lives, keeping people up all night with noise breaking its opening times, people r be coming ill, and barlclays r helping them to increase thus! Disgusting, no one is against the factory, if it wasn't against us!! How about you start working with the local community so they can sleep!!!

Anonymous,  July 28, 2014 at 12:39 PM  

"It has previously attempted to secure planning permission to allow the Kilnhurst site to operate 24 hours a day."

Have they been given it because as far as the residents of Kilnhurst are concerned they are always running 24 hours a day 6 days a week. Noise complaints and environmental complaints have been logged with RMBC.

Anonymous,  August 10, 2014 at 10:19 PM  

They are currently appealing against the ruling not to let them work 24 hours per day. Local residents need to complain to the planning authority before 20th August. Universal only cares about its turnover, not the local community. Not many locals work for the company. It's causes untold misery to local residents, with untold noise emanating all the time, unimaginable dust particles, HGV's travelling at speeds to great for the road, local residents being denied access to their properties due to HGV's blocking the same and any complaints to Universal result in more harassment and intimidation. Not very family friendly

Anonymous,  August 11, 2014 at 9:22 PM  

I agree with the posts here, this company is in a residential area not industrial. It should not be allowed to operate 24 hours a day. It currently breaks its agreed opening hours creating misery for residents.

Anonymous,  November 18, 2014 at 6:46 AM  

I live up the hill from this recycling plant, and the only night I can sleep is sunday, I hear a constant rumbling sound like a car engine running, currently on sleeping tablets because of this. If I could move away from this area I would. This company needs to adhere to its operating time agreement!!!!!

Anonymous,  February 7, 2015 at 7:50 PM  

Universal are still making residents lives a misery. Last summer we could not open windows at night due to the level of noise pollution it was like living in a greenhouse with no airflow at all. The level of dust from the recycling plant is horrendous and yes it does contain metal particles. Most residents are reporting issues to the environmental agency and rmbc planning who are quite rightly impartial but unfortunately living conditions are not improving. Surley everyman has a right to live life freely without hinderance in their own homes. Surley because universal are breeching their permitted hours and causing disturbance during the night to the local residents they should be heavily penalised but no they have again put in for a 24 hour working permit and it is beimg considered by the planning inspectorate!

Anonymous,  February 15, 2016 at 5:57 PM  

Just who do this company think they are,why don't they put buildings up near their homes.What about Doncaster its near them

Anonymous,  February 24, 2016 at 3:34 PM  

Universal was there before the houses were built, who buys a brand new home next to a recycling company.
The company are sticking to the new times as my husband works there and he now has to start work a hour later

Anonymous,  June 20, 2016 at 7:32 PM  

He is providing work for others. Also as spent money trying to work things out. Does not matter where you live dust and paper and other material are blown around building sites are one of the worse for it. I don't think there was any complaints against the mess they caused and the inconvenience that was caused when the houses was built. You drive to your jobs kicking up rubbish dust stones. Causing damage to others but it life we just accept it think its time to look and work together not complaining about every little thing try the more adult way and not the school play ground way. Miss he put rubbish in my bag. Time to grow up

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