NEW jobs will be created in Batley following the relocation of a textiles recycling business.
Oxfam has announced it is moving Wastesaver, its recycling business, to Grange Road, Soothill, early next year.
The relocation follows an 18 month search for a suitable property to replace its fire stricken operation in Beck Road, Huddersfield.
Matt George, head of logistics for Oxfam’s trading division, said: “We have been able to secure a site that will protect the employment of our 70 existing employees in West Yorkshire, without the need to relocate elsewhere.
“We estimate between 30 to 40 jobs will be available at the new site early next year and there will also be lots of volunteering opportunities.”
The building, formerly the site of the Rest Assured bed factory, will be undergoing renovation over the next 12 weeks and Oxfam will relocate in January.
The operation in Soothill is set to begin in the third week of February.
Production manager Lorraine Needham-Brinley said: “We want to use this opportunity to integrate with the local community.
“We have plans for a visitors’ centre and have been in talks with local schools about setting up links so they can be involved in workshops.
“We are also planning to hold an open day to recruit from the Batley area.”
Oxfam’s Beck Road site was destroyed in a fire in April 2011, causing the biggest loss of donations in the organisation’s history.
The sorting and recycling facility receives 200 tonnes of clothing from its network of 700 shops each week, which is then resold, reused or recycled to maximise income and to ensure nothing ends up in landfill.
A donation appeal following the blaze was backed by big names from the fashion and retail industries, including Whistles chief executive Jane Shepherdson and Red or Dead founder Wayne Hemingway.