Recycling Lives takes over site in South East

ecycling Lives has topped off a year of rapid growth with its fifth site acquisition in 12 months.

The recycling and waste management firm, headquartered in Lancashire, has taken over the former Pick-a-Part business in Erith, Kent.

The move has secured the jobs of 12 staff and is set to create additional roles in the business.

The site is now Recycling Lives’ ninth nationally, having also opened facilities across Cumbria, Greater Manchester, Merseyside and the Midlands in 2017, to add to its four sites in Lancashire.

The facility will allow Recycling Lives – which specialises in scrap metal and scrap car processing – to depollute and recycle End-of-Life Vehicles (ELVs) in the region.

Operations at the Erith site, on Darrent Industrial Park, will now shift from breaking cars for parts to processing and recycling vehicles down to composite parts ready for reuse or remanufacture.

Managing director William Fletcher said:

“This move tops off our biggest year to date, where we’ve more than doubled our national footprint after tripling our turnover in recent years.

“We’re proud to have secured the jobs of a great team in Erith and are excited to introduce our unique business offering to the South East. We’re already exploring opportunities to expand our charitable and social activities into the Kent area.”

Recycling Lives runs a unique social business model, using its commercial recycling and waste management operations to directly support and sustain a number of its own charity and social programmes.

It manages its own residential facilities to offer a safety net to homeless, marginalised men; runs an offender rehabilitation programme in nine North West prisons; and manages food redistribution in partnership with national charity FareShare to reduce food waste and tackle food poverty.