Specialising in difficult-to-recycle products like computers and white goods has paid off for this South Yorkshire company, which says it now processes 8,500 tonnes of scrap a month. Much of the recovered metal is exported, but the plastic from cable cladding is used in the surfaces of the all-weather horse-racing tracks at Lingfield, Kempton and Wolverhampton. The family-owned business is headed by managing director John Hughes, who has overseen sales growth of 71% a year from £9.4m in 2005 to £47.6m in 2008.

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Company details
Year2009
Rank63
CompanyUniversal Recycling
ActivityMetal waste recycler
LocationSouth Yorkshire
Annual sales rise over 3 years71.48%
Latest sales £000s47,637
Staff72
Founded1976
Websitewww.universalrecyclingcompany.co.uk/

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