About our Skip Hire Services

Recycling Lives offers national skip services that provide skips of all sizes to businesses across the UK as part of our total waste management solutions.

  • Guaranteed closed-loop recycling returning recyclable waste back to the market
  • 100% rate of waste diverted from landfill
  • Maximised opportunities to generate rebates from your waste
  • Fully compliant skip hire services
  • All skip sizes available from 4-40 yards, including ROROs

We work with you, performing site audits to ensure that you get the maximum cost benefit from your skips. Streamlining waste disposal systems to create the minimum on-site disruption, while providing opportunities to generate rebates from certain types of waste, like cardboard and metal, which has been disposed of appropriately.

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The regulations and your responsibilities

According to the Duty of Care Regulations 1991, all businesses disposing of waste are obliged to keep a record of waste transferred with Waste Transfer Notes and use licensed waste contractor such Recycling Lives to collect, recycle, recover and dispose of waste.

We make it easy for businesses comply with these regulations by providing compliant skip services, arranging skip permits and ensuring that all the paperwork is done for you.

who we work with

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

Benefits designed to help your business

  • Guaranteed closed-loop recycling returning recyclable waste back to the market
  • Tailored solutions to maximise rebates from commodities
  • Dedicated account managers; experts in finding total waste management solutions
  • Compliance Services to ensure you meet all waste disposal legislation and regulations
  • Sales support team to handle day-to-day account management
  • Bespoke customer portal for skip hire management across multiple sites


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.
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Recycling Lives has created a total of £9.3m Social Value between 2015 and 2017 through our charitable activities - £4.1m in 2015/16 and £5.2m in 2016/17.

These figures save the taxpayer money by relieving pressure on public resources like the judicial system, medical and healthcare services and the benefits system. By hiring skips from Recycling Lives your business supports continued savings to the public purse.

The Impact of our partnerships

Our work is doing more than just changing lives for individuals, families and communities - between 2015 and 2017 it has created huge savings for society by reducing costs to the taxpayer and creating social value worth millions of pounds.

In the last 24 months

  • 18 individuals supported into independent living
  • + 73 ex-offenders rehabilitated
    and supported into work
  • + 1,228,902 meals delivered across
    Lancashire & Cumbria
  • = £9.3m reported Social Value -
    created through savings to society

why work with us

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
Steve Giblin Group HSSEQ Director Speedy Critical to the appointment of Recycling Lives was its enlightened approach to social value. In Recycling Lives we have found a supplier that matches our own company values and ethos while delivering the services we need. This approach provided a clear advantage over their competitors and is, we believe, a unique offering within the sector. Read moreRead less
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

Discover the benefits of the Recycling Lives Portal

Recycling Lives Portal

Our bespoke customer portal can be tailored to your business needs. After we’ve assessed your waste streams, we’ll ensure the portal is responsive to making collection requests, viewing the recycling process and tracking recycle rates.

Learn more about Recycling Lives

We’ve operated in the recycling sector for 40 years - learn more about our history and impact to date

Get in touch with Recycling Lives

We’d love to hear from you - contact us about recycling waste, working together or joining our team

What Sectors we operate in

We service all sectors - see how we can manage your waste for environmental and social benefit

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