About our Cable Granulation Service

Recycling Lives offers bespoke services for cable recycling. We granulate copper wire scrap at our industry-leading 15-acre Recycling Park and export straight from site reducing CO2 emissions by returning recycled copper and plastic to market.

  • Guaranteeing the best value for scrap wire recycling
  • Collecting and recycling cable waste from across the UK
  • Processing all scrap cable at our Approved Authorised Treatment Facilities, which are fully licenced by the Environment Agency 

We buy copper wire scrap nationwide, managing a UK-wide skip brokering service to collect and recycle old cables, as well as processing cables from End-of-Life Vehicles (ELVs). 

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Advanced Wire Recycling 

Recycling Lives uses advanced recycling processes to extract the maximum amount of high quality copper from scrap cable, allowing us to offer the best prices for your scrap.

  • Europe’s only on-line fragmentiser – recording the entire process in HD to ensure total compliance and receipt of payment for the full weight of your cable
  • Copper cable granulator – reducing scrap wire to dust sized particles to extract and segregate copper, aluminium, brass, steel and other ferrous metals

All the metal we extract from your scrap wire is placed back on the market, reducing landfill waste while decreasing market dependency on virgin metals.

who we work with

  • tomee tippee ®
  • Superdrug
  • makita ®
  • claire's
  • BRITVIC pic ®
  • Russell Hobbs
  • CocaCola
  • tyco Security Products

Benefits designed to help your business

  • Modern weighbridge systems ensuring total transparency
  • Visible weights on all scales and weighbridges
  • Camera footage of weighbridges and processing available
  • Dedicated account managers; experts in cable recycling
  • Sales support team to handle day-to-day account management
  • Monthly reporting on cable collection and wire recycling
  • Compliance Services to ensure you meet all cable disposal legislation and regulations

Cable Recycling that has a Social Value

All our services, from cable waste collection to cable recycling, contribute to the creation of significant social value - so cable disposal becomes a charitable process.
As well as supporting our charitable programmes through wire recycling, we are creating skilled jobs in waste management. All our departments, from office-based to operational teams, create training and employment opportunities for people from marginalised backgrounds, giving us a diverse team with a wealth of life and work experience. 

Working with Recycling Lives means your business supports and sustains our life-changing charitable programmes.

Our Facilities

Recycling Lives operates Europe’s only online fragmentiser, which shreds and separates ferrous from non-ferrous metals and plastics while recording the whole process in high definition. Our copper cable granulator then extracts the copper and other metals from the cables ready for recycling, while plastics are separated and sold for reuse.

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Creating Opportunities

All our commercial activities support and sustain our charitable programmes; reducing reoffending, supporting homeless men and redistributing food. These create opportunities through:

  • HMP Academies - offenders in prison undertake meaningful work, in recycling and waste management processes, to gain transferable life and work skills ahead of release;
  • Residential Support - individuals who would otherwise be homeless are supported to regain their independence and move into work and housing;
  • Food Redistribution - small charities and community groups are supported to reduce their running costs and expand their service offering as we redistribute surplus food from supermarkets and suppliers to them.

The Impact of our partnerships

Our work is doing more than just changing lives for individuals, families and communities - between 2015 and 2018 it has created huge savings for society by reducing costs to the taxpayer and creating social value worth millions of pounds.


  • 24 individuals supported into independent living
  • + 136 ex-offenders rehabilitated
    and supported into work
  • + 2,174,140 meals delivered across
    Lancashire & Cumbria
  • = £17.3m reported Social Value -
    created through savings to society



In addition, any waste holder must ensure that waste is transferred to a business or individual like Recycling Lives that is: 

  • Registered as a carrier, broker or dealer of waste
  • A waste management operator with an environmental permit or registered exemption to accept such waste
The Regulations around Cable Recycling 

The Duty of Care Regulations state that as a waste holder you must take all reasonable steps to: 

  • Prevent unauthorised or harmful deposit, treatment or disposal of scrap cable 
  • Ensure that all scrap wire is disposed of with a business or individuals that have the correct and relevant environmental permit issued but the Environmental Agency like Recycling Lives
  • Prevent other parties from breaching permit conditions relevant to the type of waste they process
  • Provide an accurate description of the waste when it is transferred to another business or individual
  • Retain waste documentation about non-hazardous waste like copper wire scrap for two years

In addition, any waste holder must ensure that waste is transferred to a business or individual like Recycling Lives that is: 

  • Registered as a carrier, broker or dealer of waste
  • A waste management operator with an environmental permit or registered exemption to accept such waste

WEEE Recycling FAQs

Find the answers to all your questions about Cable Granulation below.

Q: Can you recycle computer cables?

Absolutely. Recycling Lives processes old electrical cables of all types.

Q: What happens if I don’t fulfil my legal duty of care?

Breach of the Duty of Care is an offence, with a penalty of up to £5,000 on summary conviction or an unlimited fine on conviction on indictment.

why work with us

Martin Chown Supply Chain Director Sellafield Limited We are committed to ensuring our local communities derive maximum economic benefit from the money we spend at Sellafield, by insisting companies that win work with us to invest to support local growth. Recycling Lives has these values at its core and I’m excited by their plans. The contract win also allowed for the creation of a number of jobs in Cumbria as we work to open a new site in the county, creating jobs for yard operatives, drivers and site managers. Read moreRead less
Josh Steiner Social Value & Sustainability Manager Wates Group Recycling Lives has reaped the rewards of strong commercial and social credentials to secure large-scale contracts. The high value and quality nature of the service, alongside its demonstrable social benefits has prompted the organisation’s ongoing success, allowing it to expand its range of services and open in new locations to achieve nationwide coverage Read moreRead less
Jeremy Hartley Managing Director Eric Wright Group The Eric Wright Group has always recognised the importance of supporting the local community and using our business activities to improve people’s lives. Working with Recycling Lives gives us an opportunity to continue to make a real difference and achieve more through working together. Read moreRead less

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