2008

More than just metal –  the aim to rehabilitate homeless people and support them into full-time employment was born with Recycling Lives. Starting construction on our first centre marked the beginning of our work creating the Residential Charity.

RECYCLING LIVES WAS BORN FROM METAL RECYCLER PRESTON RECYCLING LTD
CONSTRUCTION OF THE FIRST RECYCLING LIVES CENTRE COMMENCED

2009

Taking the first steps towards creating an environmentally and socially conscious business, Recycling Lives ISO 9001 and 14001 accreditations show that we maintain high quality and environmentally conscious work processes.

FIRST RECYCLING LIVES CENTRE OPENED IN ESSEX STREET, PRESTON
ISO 9001 & 14001 ACCREDITATION AWARDED

2010

Celebrating our move towards sustainable development, Recycling Lives received its first Queen’s Award for Enterprise in 2010. This came with further developments to our services when we bought our first producer compliance scheme, Advantage Waste Brokers and opened our main Recycling Park.

RECYCLING LIVES RECYCLING PARK WAS OPENED FOR OPERATION
RECYCLING LIVES WINS ITS FIRST QUEEN’S AWARDS FOR ENTERPRISE: SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT
ADVANTAGE WASTE BROKERS ACQUIRED BY RECYCLING LIVES

2011

Building England’s first ever Flat Panel Display TV processing centre in 2011, we were able to process and recycle toxic elements of the TVs on site for the first time. This achievement was coupled with recognition of our charitable work from the Lord Lieutenant of Lancashire, Lord Shuttleworth, who became honorary patron of the charity.

LORD SHUTTLEWORTH BECAME HONORARY PATRON OF RECYCLING LIVES CHARITY

2012

Expanding our charitable activities, we began work on the ‘Fresh Start’ café and opened our first HMP Academy, both offering work experience to marginalised individuals to help them improve employment prospects. We also took huge strides forward expanding and improving our recycling processes, buying a skip company and achieving a 99% recycling rate.

RECYCLING LIVES SOCIAL ENTERPRISE KITCHEN ‘FRESH START’ SERVES FIRST MEALS TO STAFF AND VISITORS AT RECYCLING LIVES CENTRE
99% RECYCLING RATE ACHIEVED BY DIVERTING WASTE FROM LANDFILL
CITY SKIPS IS ACQUIRED

2013

Working with organisations like Achieve to provide employment opportunities to foreign exchange students, ex-offenders and people with disabilities, Recycling Lives’ expanding employment programmes began to receive more recognition in 2013. It was also a landmark year for our main Recycling Park, marking the beginning of our construction on the fragmentiser.

RECYCLING LIVES FOUNDER STEVE JACKSON AWARDED OBE FOR SERVICES TO EMPLOYMENT
DELIVERED EXCELLENT RESULTS FOR ACHIEVE AND OTHER REHABILITATION PARTNERS
CONSTRUCTION OF THE FRAGMENTISER BEGINS, A £12M INVESTMENT

2014

The year that all our hard-work began to pay off, we received a second Queen’s Award for sustainable development, opened the ‘Fresh Start’ café and began processing scrap metal through our fragmentiser.

WINNER OF QUEEN’S AWARDS FOR ENTERPRISE: SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT FOR A SECOND TIME
RECYCLING LIVES SECOND SOCIAL ENTERPRISE KITCHEN ‘FRESH START’ OPENS AT RECYCLING LIVES RECYCLING PARK
RECYCLING LIVES FRAGMENTISER STARTS OPERATING

2015

Expanding our charitable work, we opened the Recycling Lives Food Redistribution centre to redistribute surplus food from supermarkets and suppliers to charitable organisations across Lancashire and Cumbria. We also claimed two business awards in recognition of our business innovation.

RECYCLING LIVES WIN BUSINESS OF THE YEAR AWARD 2015
RECYCLING LIVES FOOD REDISTRIBUTION CENTRE, RUN IN PARTNERSHIP WITH CHARITY FARESHARE, LAUNCHED
RECYCLING LIVES FOUNDER STEVE JACKSON OBE NAMED ENTREPRENEUR OF THE YEAR IN THE PRESTIGIOUS GROWING BUSINESS AWARDS

2016

A big year for Recycling Lives, 2016 saw new investment in our recycling processes and social enterprise, receiving several awards for our continued environmental and charitable work.

BECAME AN INTEGRAL MEMBER OF BUSINESS IN THE COMMUNITY (BITC) VIA OUR LEADING ROLE IN THE CIRCULAR ECONOMY TASKFORCE
RECYCLING LIVES ANNOUNCES NEW NON-EXECUTIVE ADVISORY BOARD
£1M INVESTMENT IN PRE-SHREDDER TO IMPROVE ENVIRONMENTAL STANDARDS
RECYCLING LIVES WIN NORTHERN ENTERPRISE CONFERENCE 2016 PROFOUND IMPACT AWARD
FIVE NEW HMP ACADEMIES OPENED ACROSS THE NORTH AND MIDLANDS
STEVE JACKSON OBE APPOINTED AS A ROYAL REPRESENTATIVE IN LANCASHIRE

2017

Marking the beginning of Recycling Lives’ nationwide expansion, in 2017 we took over five sites across the UK, in Walsall, Workington, Bury, Birkenhead and Erith. This huge expansion happened at the same time as our Food Redistribution Centre hit a landmark achievement: serving one million meals.

RECYCLING LIVES TAKES OVER A NEW SITE IN WALSALL
FOOD REDISTRIBUTION CENTRE NAMED NATIONAL TEAM OF THE YEAR
RECYCLING LIVES CELEBRATES SERVING ONE MILLION MEALS
RECYCLING LIVES OPENS NEW SITE IN BURY
RECYCLING LIVES TAKES OVER A SITE IN WORKINGTON
AWARD WIN FOR RECYCLING LIVES' IMPACT ON SOCIETY
RECYCLING LIVES OPENS NEW SITE IN BIRKENHEAD
RECYCLING LIVES LEADERS CHOSEN AS FACES OF A VIBRANT ECONOMY
RECYCLING LIVES TAKES OVER A SITE IN ERITH

2018

Launching ourselves into the new year, we have already introduced our new recruitment business, Recycling Lives People, and opened our first scrap metal site in Cumbria.

RECYCLING LIVES LAUNCHES UNIQUE RECRUITMENT BUSINESS
RECYCLING LIVES OPENS SCRAP METAL SITE IN CUMBRIA