North East company JBM Environmental Services have been announced as the winner of this year’s award for Best Waste Management and Recycling Service – Tyne and Wear. The award was part of the Best Recycling and Waste Management Awards 2020 hosted by BUILD magazine.

The Managing Director at JBM Environmental Services Jim Stanley said the company was “overwhelmed” at being recognised by BUILD and that “it feels wonderful.” The company was set up in 2015, and Mr Stanley said that receiving the award this year was particularly special. “It is great to have recognition, especially after such a strange year for everyone.

“It was just the news the team needed in such uncertain times, and it gave us all such a boost of confidence to know we have been recognised for the hard work we have been putting in” Mr Stanley said.

Given the nature of their business, JBM Environmental Services faced several challenges when COVID-19 hit earlier this year. “The challenges have been social distancing and keeping staff motivated in these troubled times,” Mr Stanley told us. “We had to find new ways of working with our partners to ensure both parties feel safe. We pride ourselves on the level of service we provide to our customers, so we had to make sure they still received the high level of service they are used to.

“In a year where it has been difficult for everyone, we are extremely grateful for our customer’s loyalty and that we have still been able to operate as a business when we know so many have not.”

Mr Stanley paid particular tribute to JBM’s staff and their role in the company winning the award. He told us “they have been absolutely essential in the success of JBM and the year that we have had. If it wasn’t for the strong team, we have we would not be where we are today.”

Given the nature of their work, JBM has seen a change in the way societies waste is handled over the last few years, particularly with a focus on recycling. “There has definitely been a higher focus on recycling,” Mr Stanley said. “We are extremely proud that everything we recycle is reusable or goes to green waste. Absolutely nothing that comes through our site ends up in landfill and clients and customers are more aware of the issues surrounding this as well.”

Looking ahead to next year, the Ryton based company are hopeful of expanding their operations, specifically their warehouses and offices. After that, they are hoping to “expand out of the North East into other parts of the UK” according to Mr Stanley.