MORE than 50 people have lost their jobs after a recycling company went into administration.
Sunersol, which exported waste electrical appliances for recycling, closed after losing contracts from suppliers.
The company carried out pre-treatment on waste electrical and electronic equipment in Heckmondwike, but also exported it to China for recycling.
Sunersol lost its Environment Agency approval earlier this year, after containers it was exporting were found to contain hazardous waste in May. It employed 52 full-time members of staff at the site in Heckmondwike and its head office in Mirfield.
Peter Sargent, from administrators Begbies Traynor, said: “The company lost contracts with local authorities because they had some problems over the quality of waste they were exporting to China.
“A consignment was stopped at the port and the licence was suspended. That resulted in customers being unsure about whether they should use the company, and they lost contracts. As a result there was less work coming in and they got behind with payments. They didn’t pay the rent on their premises. The Chinese backers decided they’d had enough and pulled the plug on it. The company had to shut down because they couldn’t pay the wages.
“At present we are trying to find someone who is interested in renting the premises in Heckmondwike – there has been some interest so far.”