Scrappage Scheme boost

As the Government car scrappage scheme is extended for another month, Recycling Lives and Chorley Nissan are celebrating the success of their Corporate Partnership after recycling over 800 cars through the scheme to date.

Members of the public have traded in cars over 10 years old and have received a £2,000 allowance towards a new, often more environmentally friendly model at one of the Chorley Nissan branches in Blackpool, Burnley, Chorley, Preston and Wigan. The scrap cars have then been recycled by local people who work for Recycling Lives in Preston. This contract has ensured that local people have remained employed through the recession.

In addition to employing local people, Recycling Lives also has a Charity of the same name. The Recycling Lives Charity provides a place to live, training and support for homeless people at the Recycling Lives Centre on Essex Street, Preston. The recycling of End of Life Vehicles provides an opportunity for Charity Residents to complete training and voluntary placement, as part of their personal development plan that must be completed before they are ready to return to paid employment.

Peter Portlock, Director of Chorley Nissan said ìThe scrappage scheme has not only produced a lifeline to the car industry but also to the environment. Some of the cars we received were extremely bad for the environment because they were so old.

The fact the cars are processed safely and responsibly by Recycling Lives gives us added piece of mind that we can pass on to our customers. The service from Recycling Lives has been excellent.î

Mark Simpson, Commercial Manager of Recycling Lives said ìRecycling Lives has enjoyed developing a Corporate Partnership with Chorley Nissan. Because we have the infrastructure in place, we have been able to give them quality service. Our employees and the Charity Residents take pride in doing a job well and the success of this partnership demonstrates this.î

Recycling Lives has four depots that accept scrap cars, either direct from the public, or from companies. Competitive prices are paid for cars and the DVLA is notified that each car has been scrapped and a certificate of destruction is issued.