Fighting CD pirates helps Recycled UK to a record year

Paul Green (L2)Recycled UK, which reckons to be one of the UK’s largest secure destruction facilities, has announced a record year and boasted the creation of 10 new jobs.

Recycled UK, which now employs 28 people at its Coseley site, added more than £1m of sales in 2013 processing and securely destroying 30 tonnes of CDs, DVDs and video games a week for blue chip organisations from the entertainment sector.

Bosses at the firm said their decision to spend £150,000 on the specialist bonded warehouse, 12 picking stations and baling machines gave it the advantage over rivals in its field.

The company added that it had also invested a further £50,000 in an automated shredder and baler, which meant that once an item intended for destruction enters the process it never leaves the track.

Managing director Paul Green (pictured) said he was delighted with the firm’s performance: “The secure bonded warehouse has been a huge success in its first year of operation and has really helped us take the business into our next phase of growth,” he said. “Thanks to the new orders we’ve won, I believe we’ll reach a record £2.1m turnover in 2013.

“With counterfeit goods such a big issue for firms, customers demand total peace of mind. From the minute the product arrives at Coseley in one of our trucks, we log it then track it throughout the various secure destruction phases.

“The client even gets a record of its destruction and – through a web link – can watch their order being completed. Better still, all of this is free of charge.”

He went on to add: “We have just been audited, approved and re-accredited by FACT (Federation Against Copyright Theft), which is massive in our industry and will lead to even more work.”

As well as introducing the bonded warehouse last year, the firm – which was established in 2006 by Paul Green and Paul Cotton – also invested in developing bespoke vision imaging software for disposing of time expired x-ray films for the medical sector.

Copyright Ken Hurst 2013


About Ken Hurst

Ken Hurst began his career as a journalist in London over 30 years ago, working on a range of publications before moving on to weekly newspaper production in the newly-independent Zambia of the 1970s. He returned to the UK where his work included spells on newspapers and magazines, before moving to head up Norwich Union’s corporate affairs division. In the 1990s he moved on to freelance, co-own and publish the B2B audio magazine Sound and front the BBC radio Yesterday’s Papers programme. There followed six years as Business Editor at Britain’s biggest selling regional daily newspaper, The Eastern Daily Press, where he led an award-winning team and for whom he still writes a weekly socio/political comment column. Subsequently, he was Group Editorial Director at CBM, responsible for its UK and US magazine output – including The Manufacturer magazine – research-driven industry reports and live events content. Currently he is Contributing Editor at Works Management magazine publisher Findlay Media and Chairman of the consumer publishing house TNT Multimedia Ltd. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and of the British Association of Communicators in Business.
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