Swinton depot officially open

Recycling Lives’ charity-led bulky waste and furniture collection services have taken up residence at Martin Ainscough’s Junction Eco Park in Salford.

Bulky Waste, our eco-friendly household collections service, offers customers the chance to book collections for their unwanted furniture, bulky items and white goods via an easy-to-use online platform. Items are then collected, and either reused or recycled, in order to generate valuable funds for charity. The scheme has been running for just over a year and has enjoyed a rapid growth, with business from councils, commercial organisations and householders alike.

Junction Eco Park, which has been developed by Ainscough Properties as part of a £6million investment to revitalise the former Enersys factory site in Swinton, is now home to over 200 employees, most of whom work for companies with a social or environmental focus.

The launch of the Junction Eco Park centre took place last Friday (1st July) and was attended by around 90 delegates, with the Mayor of Salford, Eric Burgoyne, declaring the centre officially open and the Rt Hon Hazel Blears, MP for Salford and Eccles, cutting the ribbon.

The delegates took a tour of the newly refurbished site and had the chance to mingle and discuss the various charitable schemes that will be operating from the premises. Our own Head of Social Enterprise, David Whiteside, gave a presentation explaining the work that Recycling Lives’ social enterprise projects would be carrying out and thanking Martin Ainscough for his generosity in gift-leasing the site to us.

After hearing about the work that Recycling Lives undertakes in its local communities, Martin decided to offer the organisation the opportunity to use one of the sites at his Eco Park for free.
This generous gesture has enabled Recycling Lives to expand its charity collection services into the Greater Manchester area, paving the way for the organisation to develop the infrastructure it needs to set up further Recycling Lives centres in the area.

Speaking about the Junction Eco Park site, Martin commented: “Before we acquired the site, it was in real danger of seeing sustainable jobs disappear altogether.  We’re therefore delighted to have played a part in turning its fortunes around, attracting new jobs and investment in the face of a tremendously difficult economic climate.

“Junction Eco Park forms part of a wider area which has been identified through the emerging Greater Manchester Waste Plan as being suitable to accommodate a variety of waste facilities.”

As well as its charity bulky waste and furniture collection schemes, the Recycling Lives charity offers accommodation, training, work experience and employment opportunities to unemployed and homeless people with the aim of helping them back into employment and finding them a place to call their own.

A number of the Residents were at the Eco Park launch to represent the Recycling Lives charity. They took the time to speak to guests about their experiences with Recycling Lives and helped the other staff members to set up for the launch.

Head of Social Enterprise, David Whiteside, commented:

“The whole team at Recycling Lives is excited to see how the organisation’s expansion into Greater Manchester will move forward and is looking forward to delivering great services to communities in the local area.”