Recycling Lives sponsors veterans' poppy garden artwork to mark Remembrance Day

Recycling Lives has supported a special garden artwork installation to mark Remembrance Day, created by a group of veterans based in a prison where the business supports individuals back into employment.

Ex-Servicemen have used red gravel to make a poppy design, and created a vegetable plot to supply local foodbanks. Ex Service personnel have also made 100 poppies from matchsticks, which will be laid on Commonwealth War Graves across Durham, Darlington and Middlesbrough on Thursday 11 November.

Recycling Lives shares the determination of charities and organisations that aim to support reintegration of offenders and veterans to provide better life chances. It supports former service personnel and ex-offenders to build better lives by providing training and employment opportunities within the company. Building on this ethos, Recycling Lives is expanding its operations and areas of support by partnering  and working with prisons ex-service personnel charities across the country.

Gerry Marshall, CEO of Recycling Lives explains:

"We are proud to be part of this initiative which has so much significance. Recycling Lives is determined to provide better life chances, and we fully support the fantastic work which is ongoing there."

“Recycling Lives Ltd is currently working with the wider UK prisons and probation services and other custodial estates using Release on Temporary Licence (ROTL) and resettlement to support more men and women across the country and increase job opportunities. In so doing, this reinforces our focus on helping to reduce crime in local communities and benefits local economies.”

Recycling Lives’ Sustainability Manager Barry Flanagan adds:

“We use our extensive experience of employing those reintegrating into society from custodial settings to support ex-service personnel who have served our country and found themselves within the justice system. We are creating sustainable employment opportunities for those who feel detached from society and need a chance to rebuild their lives.”