Paper shred duo spotted a gap in the local market

Photo: David Hurst'C&G Recycling of Woodgate Park, Morecambe, Directors Chris Roberts, centre, Gavin Allenby, right, Foreman Simon Culkin, left and Operative, Mark Johnson
Photo: David Hurst'C&G Recycling of Woodgate Park, Morecambe, Directors Chris Roberts, centre, Gavin Allenby, right, Foreman Simon Culkin, left and Operative, Mark Johnson

April is a busy month for Morecambe based C&G Recycling.

The end of the financial year means a paper document exodus for many companies and organisations, and C&G are the number one choice for local solicitors, doctor’s surgeries and other businesses that require large volumes of paper to be shredded.

The company, based on the White Lund Industrial Estate, was set up in 2002 by Chris Roberts and Gavin Allenby, former managers at Forbo wallpaper manufacturers in St George’s Quay.

The duo were the last two staff members on the premises when the company closed down, putting the proverbial chain on the gate.

C&G Recycling joint director Chris, 59, who lives in Halton, said: “One of the last things we did was to get rid of all the records going back to the 1900s. We realised that nobody was doing much in the way of document destruction locally, so we looked at what we could do different to the big companies. It started to get quite busy fairly quickly.

“Nobody did small office moves, a lot of solicitors amalgamated, and we found that was good for us, we were moving things from one place to another. Then the NHS got in touch and got us moving things for them. The hospital trust, the CCG and NHS England are all clients. We’re moving things around for them regularly, likewise with Lancaster City Council.”

The team of four are now emptying St Leonard Gate House, in St Leonard Gate, on behalf of the city council, and their most recent “mega job” was emptying Moor Park of medical records.

Chris said: “We take the whole lot - files, plastic covers, so our clients don’t have to worry about anything. If we get a lot of nice clean folders, we give them to schools.

“Generally we’re knocking out 5.5 tonnes per day and we have around 300 clients that use us for varying amounts of time.

“Everything is taken to Northwood Tissue on Caton Road, and they pulp it and make massive reels of paper, toilet rolls, hand wipes and medical paper etc.”

The company bought the domain name houseclearances.co.uk in 2004, and this has led to work from America and Canada.

“Families that have relatives who have passed away in the Lake District get in touch and we arrange everything from estate agents to organising old photographs. We find some extremely interesting things, paintings, pottery, money sewn into curtains - and we work with James Thompson Auctioneers in Kirkby Lonsdale to get everything valued properly.

“Gavin once found £4,500 in a deep freeze freezer and one of the more challenging houses was one which had 202 TVs, six cars and eight sheds in the garden.”

The company also has the contract with the artificial eye service in Blackpool, transporting items around the country, and Chris added the company specialised in a personal touch and professional service.