Recycling Lives appoints new head of procurement

Recycling Lives has appointed Phil McDonald as head of procurement. He is tasked with developing and delivering a more sustainable supply chain to drive the evolution of the waste recycling company to become a leader in the UK’s circular economy sector.

He will work closely with the sustainability team within the business to ensure alignment of the procurement function and suppliers with the strategic aims of the business across areas including plant and machinery maintenance, capital machinery purchases, transport and energy.

The company employs more than 500 people across the UK and its business is centred around a unique social value model delivered through partnership with Recycling Lives Charity which tackles homelessness, rehabilitates offenders and reduces food poverty.

Phil explained:

“Sustainability was a big part of my previous roles along with purchasing to deliver optimum value while meeting objectives including quality, service, and safety. We will develop and apply a wide spectrum of assessment criteria for supplier retention and selection, to ensure our supply chain shares the Recycling Lives’ economic, social and governance ethos.”

Before joining Recycling Lives, Phil previously worked within Tarmac Ltd, where his experience included leading procurement for CAPEX spend in the UK covering quarries and cement plants, and in operational services handling procurement for turnkey, mechanical, electrical, civil and engineering projects. He also worked within DAF Trucks NV, handling relationships with suppliers, including requirements with respect to quality, total cost, technology, delivery, customer service, aftermarket support and logistics.