Steve Jackson, founder and Chief Executive of Recycling Lives has been honoured with an OBE in the New Year Honours list!
Recognised for services to employment and the community in Lancashire, Steve has spent his life developing innovative ways to demonstrate the benefits of an integrated Corporate Social Responsibility agenda in commercial business. Recycling Lives has been developed as a replicable social business model, combining economically viable operations with far-reaching and sustainable benefits for UK communities.
The commercial operations of Recycling Lives Ltd. fund the work of the Recycling Lives UK charity, which offers an holistic programme of accommodation, work experience, training and employment opportunities to people who are homeless or at imminent risk of homelessness. Since its inception in 2008, the Recycling Lives UK charity has helped a large number of individuals to escape life on the streets and secure permanent accommodation and employment, often with Recycling Lives Ltd. or with one of the company’s corporate partners.
Originally a metal recycling firm, Recycling Lives now offers a comprehensive range of waste management and recycling services, using extensive investment in new technologies, research, and staff training and development to ensure that the company remains a leader in the environmental services sector. Recycling Lives has also launched a number of nationwide collection and recycling services – so-called “Community Dotcom” schemes – which enable householders across the UK to book environmentally friendly furniture, bulky waste and car recycling services from charities, social enterprises and firms in their local area.
Recycling Lives was one of only ten UK firms to be presented with the Queen’s Award for Enterprise in Sustainable Development in 2010 and, in 2012, the company’s unique social business model was championed in the Government’s Social Justice: Transforming Lives white paper. While this latest honour is an individual one, recognising the tireless work that Steve Jackson has undertaken to transform the environmental services sector in the UK, he is keen to emphasise the wider benefits of the award:
“I’m incredibly proud and honoured to receive such an award from her Majesty. In a year where sporting achievements rightly dominate our newspapers it’s nice to receive acknowledgement for work done in the community.
“It’s my hope that receiving an OBE will help me to highlight the good work done by everyone at Recycling Lives and help us to expand our successful social business model into other areas of the UK, where it can assist even more people who find themselves at a disadvantage, and on the margins of our communities.”
While Steve joins a number of our Olympic and sporting heroes in receiving an OBE – Andy Murray, Ellie Simmonds and Laura Trotter were all honoured this New Year – 72% of the award recipients are people who have undertaken outstanding work in communities across the UK. Everyone at Recycling Lives is proud to know that the company has been recognised as a driving force in the revitalisation of UK communities, and would like to congratulate Steve Jackson on his brilliant achievement.