Recycling Lives inspires disadvantaged children

Children being supported by charity The Legacy Rainbow House have been given a tour of the Recycling Lives Recycling Park in Preston!

The Chorley-based charity provides valuable support for children affected by disabilities or life-limiting conditions. It is the only charity in the North to offer a comprehensive programme of therapy and education to young children within its centre of excellence, ‘The Legacy’.

This week, the charity has been conducting tours of companies in a variety of industries to give the children an insight into the working world. On Monday 24th October, the theme was ‘recycling’ – and for Rainbow House, Recycling Lives was the perfect organisation to visit. Not only do we have a wealth of commercial experience in recycling and waste management, but we also sustain our very own social welfare charity. The charity helps long-term unemployed and homeless individuals back into full-time work through training, education and work experience.

Donned in safety hats and hi-vis jackets, the children were given a full tour of the bustling Recycling Lives Recycling Park by our training and development manager, Neil Flanagan. Neil showed them our Cathode Ray Tube (CRT) line – in which old CRT monitors are taken apart and recycled – as well as the Bulky Waste area, where items collected by our Bulky Waste service are refurbished. In addition to our impressive weigh-bridge and huge Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) storage area, the children saw our forklift trucks in action. All Recycling Lives members of staff take part in rigorous in-house training courses conducted by our training specialists, ensuring they operate safely at all times – as such, the children got to see how the risks of working in a potentially dangerous environment can be minimised.

Finally, the tour concluded with the recycling park’s pièce de résistance: our state-of-the-art Flat Panel Display (FPD) unit processing line. The FPD line is the UK’s first facility dedicated to recycling flat panel TVs and computer monitors, and the children were able to see a large number of FPDs dismantled on a conveyor belt before being transported to a mercury isolation room, where the hazardous mercury tubes within the units are safely removed.

Speaking about the tour, Neil Flanagan said:

“It was a joy to take the children around the recycling park. They were really enthusiastic to learn about our different recycling processes and asked me many questions along the way. Recycling Lives is all about giving opportunities to individuals that come from a disadvantaged background, so it was a real pleasure to give the children a glimpse into the world of recycling.”

Development manager at The Legacy Rainbow House, Hayley Scholes, said:

“The children rarely get to have first-hand experience of a working environment, so I was thrilled when they were given the opportunity to see the Recycling Lives Recycling Park. We admire the work of the charity and felt it would be an inspiration to the children. I just wanted to say a massive thank you to everyone at Recycling Lives for helping our children have a brilliant day of work experience and a big thank you to Neil for showing them round.”