Judges impressed with Recycling Lives' impact on society

Recycling Lives has been shortlisted for a national business award for the social impact it creates from contracts.

The business is a finalist in the British Institute for Facilities Management’s (BIFM) annual awards, having impressed judges with an application to the Impact On Society category.

The recycling and waste management business offers ‘soft’ Facilities Management services, including increasing diversion from landfill, reducing risk and ensuring compliance for its client.

Its unique customer offer comes from its guarantee of creating social impact from the contracts it wins, via its charity programmes to reduce reoffending, tackle homelessness and fight food poverty.

Being named a finalist in the BIFM Awards follows Recycling Lives’ recent win at the National Recycling Awards, where its Food Redistribution Centre team was named Team of the Year.

Senior commercial manager Anthony Sharkey said: “We are thrilled to have made it to this stage of the awards – it’s great to be able to share with others the impact our work has on communities and society overall.

“Our charitable programmes created a saving to society of £4.1m in 2015/16. We are able to do our charity work thanks to the buy-in of our customers, whose contracts help us to support and sustain our programmes to reduce reoffending and tackle food poverty.

“We wish the best of luck to all finalists and look forward to hearing their stories on the awards night.”

Recycling Lives will find out its fate at the awards, to be held in London, on October 9 2017.