Lord Shuttleworth presents Recycling Lives' third Queen's Award

Recycling Lives has been officially handed its third Queen’s Award.

The Lord Lieutenant of Lancashire Charles Shuttleworth formally presented the Award, won for International Trade, on July 25.

The award ceremony took place at Recycling Lives’ Recycling Park, in Preston, Lancashire. The 15-acre site is the heart of the business’ operations, where tens of thousands of tonnes of waste is recycled each year, exported direct from site to global markets.

The Recycling Park is home to multi-million pound, industry-leading machinery to recycle scrap cars, scrap metals, plastics and waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE). Its operations contributed to a 49% growth in international sales in 2016/17, up to £20.5m, of a total £46.5m sales. And it employs more than 200 people, from expert metal buyers to engineers and skilled recycling operatives.

Lord Shuttleworth enjoyed a tour of the facility along with Deputy Lieutenant Christine Kirk. He then presented the award to managing director William Fletcher, joking “You’re making quite a habit of this!” 

The International Trade win is Recycling Lives’ third Queen’s Award, having won two for Sustainable Development in 2010 and 2014.

Recycling Lives Founder Steve Jackson OBE DL said: “What an honour it was to have Lord Shuttleworth visit our Recycling Park and meet the teams who make our business as great as it is. The Recycling Park is the heart of our operations. Its growth has accelerated us to be a top tier recycler, trading internationally. The future of Recycling Lives is in each of our team so it was only right to welcome Lord Shuttleworth here and we’re looking forward to further growth.”