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Remploy sees future for recycling despite closures

Remploy says its recycling arm has the potential to continue as a stand-alone operation, although electronic recycling sites at Preston and Barking will close.

Remploy announced in March that 36 of its 54 factories were at risk of closure following the withdrawal of government funding. It has now said that it is in talks with a number of bidders for nine of the threatened factories and that it will close the remaining 27, putting 1,421 jobs at risk of redundancy.

The Preston plant employs 17 staff. Barking is a shared site between electronics manufacture and e-cycle, which employs 56 people.

However, Remploy has said that two other e-cycle sites have potential commercial viability and further analysis is being carried out. They are at Heywood and Porth. Heywood employs 37 people, Porth employs 74 people. Analysis conclusions are expected in the autumn.

A statement from Remploy said: “The 36 factories covered by this announcement represent the first stage of implementing the decisions about Remploy’s future announced by the Government in March this year following the Sayce recommendations on employment support for disabled people.

“Further work and analysis is continuing to determine how the second stage will be taken forward. This involves 18 factories, in the automotive, e-cycle, furniture, packaging and textiles businesses, CCTV contracts and Remploy’s employment services business.”

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