About our Secure Destruction Services

Recycling Lives guarantees the secure disposal of waste, ensuring that all commercially sensitive waste is disposed of responsibly. 

  • Recording the entire destruction process in high definition through Europe’s only online fragmentiser
  • Processing all waste at an Approved Authorised Treatment Facility, fully licenced by the Environment Agency
  • Offering secure destruction services as part of an environmentally friendly total waste management solution

We provide you with a service that suits your needs, using a recording process that allows you to view destruction from your desk and providing a certificate of destruction for all destroyed waste.

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Secure Total Waste Management Solutions

We incorporate secure waste disposal into a total waste management solution tailor made to your business, managing all waste streams, including general waste, dry mixed recycling, cardboard and packaging as well as hazardous and confidential waste.

We assess your waste streams to find more efficient ways to manage your confidential waste while ensuring full compliance throughout the disposal process. We aim to reduce waste creation and increase recycle rates through effective total waste management solutions.

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 confidential waste disposal
  • Sales support team to handle day-to-day account management
  • Monthly reporting on waste collection and secure destruction
  • Compliance Services to ensure you meet all secure disposal legislation and regulations

Secure Destruction that has a Social Value

All our services, from data destruction to redundant stock disposal, contribute to the creation of significant social value - so secure disposal becomes a charitable process.

As well as supporting our charitable programmes through secure disposal, 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

As a national waste management company, we are able to manage your confidential waste disposal alongside multiple waste streams from across your business.

With a network of ten sites, skips and containers of all sizes, and a large fleet of skip wagons, ROROs and artics, we can accommodate all business waste collection.

Secure destruction takes place in Europe’s only online fragmentiser, which records the entire destruction process in high definition, allowing clients to oversee the process remotely.

We also operate a degausser for magnetic media like hard drives and SD cards. This destroys the presence of data and renders magnetic media unusable by using a high-powered electronic field.

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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.

In the last three years

  • 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


The Regulations Around Secure Destruction

While the standard duty of care regulations apply to organisations disposing of waste, many businesses choose to use secure destruction to protect the integrity of their brand; prevent surplus stock or prototypes from entering the second-hand market; and ensure that competitive information about products or services is not leaked.

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 waste
  • Ensure that all waste 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 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

Secure Destruction FAQs

Find the answers to all your questions about Secure destruction below.

Q: What is
Secure Destruction?

Secure Destruction is the process by which a product, document or data is destroyed and evidence of that destruction can be provided.

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
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
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

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