Environment Minister visits Recycling Lives

Recycling Lives will be welcoming Parliamentary Under Secretary of State, Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, Lord Henley, to the Essex Street Recycling Lives centre next week.

DEFRA Minister Lord Henley will be visiting us to take a closer look at the innovative work that we carry out in the recycling and charity sectors.  As part of his visit, Lord Henley and his team will take a tour of our processing centres, taking in our stringent waste management processes and seeing first-hand our dedicated flat panel display unit processing centre – the first of its kind in the country.

In addition to visiting our commercial areas, Lord Henley will also be spending some time with the Recycling Lives charity team.  One of our longer-term Residents will be on hand to share his experiences with Lord Henley and to talk about how working with Recycling Lives has helped him to regain his confidence and build up the skills he needs to lead an independent life.

The Recycling Lives charity is supported primarily by revenue from the organisation’s commercial activities. Links that we make through our recycling, waste management, skip hire and compliance services also help to source training and employment opportunities for our Residents with socially-minded clients and corporate partners. In this way, we’re able to help vulnerable people experience life in the working world while offering them the support they need until they feel ready to move on.

Steve Jackson, founder of Recycling Lives, commented:

“It’s great to see Lord Henley, a key figure in central government, offering support to the Recycling Lives concept, which aims to combine commercial success with charity and community projects.

“High-profile supporters like Lord Henley, and our charity’s patron, Lord Shuttleworth, help us to spread the message that businesses can be a force for good and that the charity sector doesn’t have to suffer from a lack of funding when it can harness the resources of the commercial sector instead.”

We look forward to Lord Henley’s visit on the 16th August and will be posting photos after the event. Check in after the 16th to see how the visit went!