Relationship with global leader shortlisted for award

The blossoming relationship between global defence giant BAE Systems and commercial recycler and social welfare charity Recycling Lives has been shortlisted for two Charity Times awards.

BAE Systems has been actively engaging with Recycling Lives over the last six months on ways to reduce the amount of waste going to landfill from their decommissioning projects; while giving something back to the community.

This successful relationship has seen pieces of unwanted office furniture recycled, reused or donated; creating a sustainable income stream for the Recycling Lives charity.

BAE Systems has also provided a kitchen to be re-fitted into a community cafe that will service the local community and provide training opportunities for current and future Recycling Lives Residents.

This week Recycling Lives found out the relationship had been shortlisted for two Charity Times Awards, in the Social Enterprise of the Year category for the Bulky Waste Service, and the Corporate Social Responsibility Project of the Year category.

Recycling Lives Fundraising Manager Kate Jackson, who nominated the relationship said: “Involving Recycling Lives means a new lease of life for some of BAE Systems old furniture and equipment and new opportunities for people who were once homeless. Alongside the furniture for recycling, BAE Systems has donated thousands of pounds worth of equipment to Recycling Lives including serve-over counters, tables and chairs, cookers, fridges, freezers, work stations and plate warmers.

“Recycling Lives has received support and help from BAE Systems management and staff alike. As a new charity, their support and involvement has given us a great deal of credibility.”

All winners will be crowned at a special ceremony in London, on 1 September.