One of the UK’s most efficient recycling plants is to expand following a funding package from the Welsh Government, the Development Bank of Wales and UK Steel Enterprise.

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17 April 2019
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71 new jobs created at Rhymney recycling centre

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Rhymney’s Dragon Recycling Solutions recycles utility meters made defunct by the roll-out of new smart meter. The expansion will allow the company to press ahead with long term contracts with major companies, employing a further 71 people.

Managing Director Mick Young explains that bidding for and winning sizable contracts would have proven difficult for the company before the investment.

He said:

“We required a lot more labour to satisfy the contracts, something which would have been difficult to plan for and which would have put pressure on our cash flow.

“We are lucky to have a large, high quality, locally available workforce augmented by a good selection of support companies ensuring the long term security for the workforce and the local area. This funding, for which we are very grateful, means we now in a position to employ a further 71 people, bringing our workforce to 108."

The expansion follows £400,000 of funding from Welsh Government, £100,000 from the Development Bank of Wales and £100,000 from the Tata Steel subsidiary UK Steel Enterprise.

Economy Minister Ken Skates said:

“Our Economic Action Plan has sustainability, regional specialism and company expansion at its heart, and this is a project which really does tick all those boxes. 

“There is a huge amount of support out there for ambitious businesses in Wales, and it’s particularly pleasing to see Business Wales, the Development Bank of Wales and the private sector working together to provide this excellent Welsh company with the ammunition to successfully bid for and deliver major national contracts.

“I look forward to the company’s continued success with interest."

Stephen Elias, Senior Portfolio Executive at the Development Bank of Wales, said:

“Investing in growing businesses is a priority for the development bank, especially in the South Wales Valleys where historically, there’s a strong work ethic and this is a great example of how changes in an industry can present new commercial opportunities for ambitious and tenacious businesses. Following our first investment in 2016, this latest funding will allow Dragon Recycling Solutions to drive the business forward, increasing their recycling capacity and workforce which is a benefit both to the community and the environment.

Martin Palmer, Investment Executive with UK Steel Enterprise, said:

“We are delighted to have been able to support Dragon with this funding package, enabling them to complete their expansion plans. One of UK Steel Enterprises’ primary aims is the creation of new jobs, and with the additional contracts Dragon has secured, we will see over 70 new jobs delivered. This will be a major boost to local communities."

Dragon Recycling Solutions Ltd recycle 98% of all materials delivered to site and 100% of the utility meters received under the smart meter rollout recovering valuable commodities such as plastic, steel, brass and circuit board.