Our recycling solutions for scrap metal and end-of-life vehicles use industry-leading technology to achieve best in class metal recycling rates. We guarantee highly competitive prices and unique social value from your contracts.


Our unique social programmes are game-changing in offender rehabilitation, and ending food poverty and homelessness. We create social value from our work that is equal to or greater than 10% of our annual sales and then credit this to your contracts.


Our services allow you to manage all your waste streams through one provider to achieve 100% recycling rates. We use unique reporting software to ensure full transparency and allow you to meet all compliance and generate rebates from waste streams.

Changing the way business is done

We are unique, providing additional value to the contracts we are awarded.

Our clients enjoy more than just environmental and financial benefits from our scrap metal recycling and waste management services. We help our partners to comply with Social Value Act 2012 requirements or simply support their good business ethics, by delivering reportable social value, that is both qualitative and quantitative.

What’s Total Waste Management?

Recycling Lives can collect, process and recycle all of your waste streams. Including scrap metal, scrap cars, general waste, WEEE, plastics, paper and cardboard. We also offer waste management consultancy, compliance services, vehicle fleet disposal and even specialised recruitment services.


What’s Social Value?

We define our Social Value as the audited financial savings created for society and for taxpayers. Whether for local or national government, or for community groups or individuals. Our work creates measurable social value through three primary social activities:

  • Reducing reoffending - savings to the taxpayer on costs associated to the police, the Crown Prosecution Service, the courts, the National Offender Management Service and the Youth Justice Board
  • Supporting homeless men - more savings to taxpayers, reducing costs for welfare dependency
  • Redistributing food to support charities and community groups - reducing their running costs and improving their sustainability
who we work with
  • KIER
  • British Gas
  • Wates
  • BT
  • BT
  • Sellafield Ltd
  • suez environment

All-In-One Solutions

We’re increasing recycle rates, reducing CO2 emissions and diverting waste from landfill by continually investing in machinery and infrastructure to refine our recycling processes. We can manage all your waste streams, separating materials ready for reuse or remanufacture, generating rebates for commodities and meeting your ambitious environmental targets.

Social value

We’re reducing reoffending by rehabilitating offenders through training and employment; supporting homeless men through stable accommodation and opportunities for training and employment; and supporting community groups by redistributing surplus food to ensure they can feed vulnerable groups.

The Impact of our partnerships

Our work is doing more than just changing lives for individuals, families and communities - between 2015 and 2019 it has created huge savings for society by reducing costs to the taxpayer and creating social value worth millions of pounds.


  • 27 individuals supported into independent living
  • + 228 ex-offenders rehabilitated
    and supported into work
  • + 3.2m meals delivered across
    Lancashire & Cumbria
  • = £28.3m reported Social Value -
    created through savings to society

Sectors we operate in

We work across all sectors - recycling from construction sites, managing manufacturing and industry waste, servicing public sectors contracts, and many more. Our teams have vast experience across these sectors, to manage all waste types and meet sector-specific needs.

why workwith us

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

Contact us

Change the way you do business - talk to us today about managing your waste, supporting our charitable programmes or joining our team.


Our recruitment business, Recycling Lives People, offers expert recruitment services to specialist sectors, placing high calibre candidates while creating social value from each contract.


Recycling Lives' award-winning training team offers specialist training to individuals and businesses. Our courses range from Manual Handling certificates to Fork Lift Truck qualifications.


Are you looking for an exciting new career? Recycling Lives is a multi-award winning organisation that believes in offering the best opportunities to people of all abilities from all backgrounds.

Our Locations
across the UK

We manage a nationwide network of recycling sites, with facilities across England and Scotland. All our sites are licensed by the Environment Agency and meet the highest safety standards.

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.

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Awards, Accreditation & Certification

The Queen's Awards for Enterprise international Trade 2018