Recycling Lives is proud to have won the most prestigious corporate accolade a UK business can win. On the Queen’s Birthday, 21st April, it was announced that Recycling Lives was one of only 10 companies across the UK to win the coveted Queen’s Award for Enterprise for Sustainable Development, following a recommendation from the Prime Minister to Her Majesty the Queen.
In granting the award, The Queen’s Awards Office released the following statement:
“Commercial recycler and social welfare charity Recycling Lives, receives the award for its extremely strong performance across social, environmental and commercial sustainability. Inherently sustainable in terms of its core operational activity, Recycling Lives is also a sector leader in social sustainability and is particularly commended for the benefits it delivers to people from disadvantaged sectors of the community, the economically inactive and socially excluded.
Recycling Lives has progressed beyond good practice with both the scale of its activities and the centre it operates. As a long-established social enterprise with strong governance, robust management and extremely strong commercial performance, Recycling Lives is commended for the breadth of the contribution it makes to its local community and the extremely positive platform for stakeholder engagement it has created in this context.”
Founder and Chairman of Recycling Lives, Steven Jackson said: “Recycling Lives is a business model developed specifically to practice sustainable Corporate Social Responsibility. The comments given by officers of the Queens Awards fill me with confidence that our model is understood and appreciated by the most senior Heads of State in the UK.
I am hopeful that this Royal patronage from HRH Queen Elizabeth II will highlight the Recycling Lives model as a solution to many issues currently facing local communities across the country.”
As the network of purpose built Recycling Lives centres expand nationally, the company will continue to transfer skills into new regions and to create many new local jobs; with particular focus on improving recycling and manufacturing new products from recyclate.
Each new Recycling Lives centre also facilitates the expansion of the Recycling Lives Charity; providing quality accommodation, training and enthusiasm to people that have found themselves homeless or in need of temporary accommodation. Recycling Lives support these people to regain a foothold within their community, gain employment and to live independently.
Special thanks go to The North West Development Agency and the Communities from Local Government, who have backed the Recycling Lives development from the outset. The Duke of Westminster is also a supporter of Recycling Lives and was the first to pledge a donation. As a thank you for his continued support and £20,000 donation, we have reserved the title of founding patron of the Charity in his honour.