Recycling Lives' double award-winning contribution to communities

Recycling Lives’ contribution to communities has been honoured for the second year in a row with a leading business award. 

The social business was handed the Contribution To Lancashire Award at Downtown In Business’ regional celebration after receiving the same award last year. 

Acknowledging Recycling Lives’ national expansion in the past 18 months, award organisers said its work to sustain charitable activities through its commercial operations was inspirational. 
With headquarters in Preston, Recycling Lives now operates 10 sites across the UK, increasing sales by 47% in 2016/17 and enjoying significant staff growth. The recycling and waste management business sustains its own charitable arms: its HMP Academies reduce reoffending, its Residential Charity supports the homeless, and its Food Redistribution Centre tackles food poverty. 

Awards bosses said: "Recycling Lives has enjoyed an incredible national expansion in the last year - but that hasn’t compromised its Contribution To Lancashire. Having established its unique model in the county, it has now grown its sites, sales and team across the country. But it remains firmly rooted in its home county: employing hundreds of people, delivering meals to charities and community groups, and supporting offenders and the homeless." 

Operations Director Danny Jackson said: “We couldn’t be happier to have our contribution to Lancashire communities recognised and celebrated for the second year running. Our growth over the past year has been incredible and we look forward to being able to help more people through our charitable programmes as the business continues to expand in years to come.”

The event, held at Stanley House Hotel & Spa in East Lancashire on June 21, saw business club Downtown In Business celebrate companies and entrepreneurs from across the county.
Other winners on the night included Recycling Lives' client TwentyOne Agency, scooping Digital Agency of the Year, while Employer of the Year went to Calico Group, whose organisations Recycling Lives' provides food to through its Food Redistribution Centre.