Recycling Lives has won a third Queen’s Award – the highest accolade for UK businesses.
The recycling and waste management business has won the Queen’s Award for International Trade, following wins for Sustainable Development in 2010 and 2014.
It follows sustained and significant growth in the last 18 months, increasing sales by 47% and growing its staff team by 54% after national site expansion, business takeovers and major contract wins.
The Queen’s Award for International Trade recognises Recycling Lives’ work processing thousands of tonnes of metals and plastics ready for reuse and remanufacture. Operations at its industry-leading Recycling Park, in Lancashire, prevent 120,000 tonnes of CO2 emissions each year by returning recycled materials to markets across Europe, Asia and the US.
Recycling Lives managing director William Fletcher said: “We’re very proud to win our third Queen’s Award – it is a real measure of our success. We also measure our success and impact on the lives we are changing through our charitable programmes, and the major businesses choosing our services and aligning with our values.”
The Preston-headquartered business operates a unique model, using its commercial activities to support and sustain three charitable programmes. These support charities through food redistribution, reduce reoffending through offender rehabilitation, and support the homeless through residential facilities and work opportunities.
The programmes are sustained by the business’ activities – not reliant on public funding – and generate significant social value by creating savings for the taxpayer. In 2016/17, Recycling Lives delivered £5.2m social value by reducing reoffending rates, welfare dependency and charities’ running costs. The programmes also deliver tangible CSR for commercial clients, like John Lewis Group, BT and British Gas, who sustain the activities by using Recycling Lives services.
Recycling Lives is one of just 185 businesses have won three or more Queen’s Awards since the scheme was launched in 1966, placing it in the same league as household names Jaguar, Weetabix, Marks & Spencer and The Financial Times.