Who we are
Recycling Lives is unique - recognised as a UK leader for combining business and charity. Our model - using our commercial operations in recycling and waste management to support and sustain charity programmes for offender rehabilitation, residential support and food redistribution - means we create more than just environmental and financial value from our activities, but significant social value too.
We have a proud history, with 40 years experience working in the recycling sector. Recycling Lives was founded, and is run, by second generation recyclers, making us time-served experts with a wealth of industry knowledge, insight and contacts.
But Recycling Lives’ unique business model, combining business and charity, is just ten years old.
Our charity - the residential accommodation for the homeless - is sustained financially by our social enterprises - the HMP Academies, Food Redistribution Centre and community cafes. Our businesses - in recycling, recruitment, compliance and waste management - directly support both the charity and social enterprise. Not reliant on grant funding or public money, our charity and social enterprises teams can focus on their core objectives: to support the homeless, reduce reoffending and support charities by redistributing food.
What’s Total Waste Management?
We offer total waste management solutions, meaning we collect, process and recycle all waste streams - from scrap metal, scrap cars, general waste and WEEE, to plastics, paper and cardboard. We also offer waste management consultancy, national skip hire and scrap car collection services, compliance services, vehicle fleet disposal and recruitment services.
What’s Social Value?
We define Social Value as the savings created for society by:
- reducing reoffending - saving the taxpayer on costs for the criminal justice system
- supporting homeless men - saving the taxpayer on costs for the welfare system
- redistributing food to support community groups - saving charitable organisations running costs for food