Award win for Recycling Lives' Impact on Society

Recycling Lives’ unique business model has been honoured with a national award.

The organisation was commended at the British Institute for Facilities Management (BIFM) annual awards, winning the Impact On Society category.

Its submission to the awards – celebrated in London on October 9 – highlighted how its operations support the creation of social impact, offering its clients tangible CSR via their facilities management or waste contracts.

The awards judges said:

“This outstanding scheme is put into practice by a truly exceptional team of people…who understand the need to be commercially successful in order to give back to the community.

“It is a sustainable and scaleable concept that demonstrates that as a business they are ambitious/entrepreneurial and have a track record for committing to long term programmes.”

Recycling Lives creates social impact through programmes for job creation, offender rehabilitation, food redistribution and tackling homelessness.

In 2015/16 it created social value worth £4.1m through two programmes alone, by significantly reducing reoffending through its HMP Academies programme and supporting charities and tackling food poverty through its Food Redistribution Centre.

Senior commercial manager Anthony Sharkey said:

“Our unique business model demonstrates that an organisation does not have to choose between commercial success or social impact – we achieve both, and this is down to the buy-in of our clients as well as our exceptional team.”

Other winners on the night included Carillion plc, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, Johnson & Johnson and AstraZeneca.