Public Sector Waste Management Services

Recycling Lives offers waste management solutions that go beyond skip hire and waste collection. Our services support public authorities to provide the best public services possible, ensuring that all compliance needs and the highest safety standards are met.

An industry leader in the disposal of End-of-Life Vehicles (ELVs), we recycle or auction vehicles we receive from police forces across the UK. Offering a set monthly scrap car price to provide a risk free option for police forces to generate returns and reinvest in public services.

We also offer unrivalled benefits to public authorities providing Designated Collection Facilities (DCF) for the disposal of waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE). Public authorities that offer these services are legally required to register with a Producer Compliance Scheme (PCS) and manage the disposal of the WEEE. As the only WEEE PCS to be partnered with an Approved Authorised Treatment Facility, we can provide both of these services from one supplier.

Finally, we are able to generate rebates for through recycling for public sector companies. We do this by recycling waste such as scrap metal and cardboard disposed of in House Waste Centre and Transfer Stations

Recycling Lives' operates in the public sector

Total Waste Management For Public Sector Companies

Working with county and city councils, police, and ambulance services nationwide, we offer total sustainable waste management for public sectors companies that improve the efficiency of waste disposal.

Our WAMITAB accredited consultants and ITSSAR accredited trainers work together to deliver compliant solutions and manage multiple waste streams in the most efficient ways possible.

Our waste solutions include managing the locations, movement and size of skips including hazardous waste containers; earthworks removal for bulk excavation materials; and car salvage and auction.

who we work with
  • KIER
  • Speedy
  • British Gas
  • Wates

Creating Social Value in the Public Sector

All our public waste management services contribute to the creation of significant social value - so your public waste recycling becomes a charitable process. Your contracts can support our programmes to create opportunities:

  • HMP Academies - offenders in prison undertake meaningful work, in recycling and waste management processes, to gain transferable life and work skills ahead of release;
  • Residential Support - individuals who would otherwise be homeless are supported to regain their independence and move into work and housing;
  • Food Redistribution - small charities and community groups are supported to reduce their running costs and expand their service offering as we redistribute surplus food from supermarkets and suppliers to them.

The Impact of our partnerships

Our work is doing more than just changing lives for individuals, families and communities - between 2015 and 2017 it has created huge savings for society by reducing costs to the taxpayer and creating social value worth millions of pounds.

In the last three years

  • 24 individuals supported into independent living
  • + 136 ex-offenders rehabilitated
    and supported into work
  • + 2,174,140 meals delivered across
    Lancashire & Cumbria
  • = £17.3m reported Social Value -
    created through savings to society


Recycling Lives offers total waste management solutions for the public sector. Our comprehensive service offer allows you to manage with all public waste, from WEEE and road waste to scrap cars, with one supplier.

Skip Hire

Skip Hire


  • Household Waste Centre – collection and disposal of household waste
  • WEEE Compliance – fully compliant waste disposal
  • Car salvage and auction – removing illegal vehicles from the streets and generating returns for police forces
  • Skip hire – containers of all sizes, available nationwide using an online request process
  • Closed loop solutions – recycling services that rework public waste into new products


  • Bespoke customer portal to manage public waste collection
  • Dedicated account managers; experts in managing public waste
  • Consolidated supply chain - use one public waste management company across nationwide sites
  • Associated Compliance Services to ensure you meet all public waste disposal regulations

why work with us

Martin Chown Supply Chain Director Sellafield Limited We are committed to ensuring our local communities derive maximum economic benefit from the money we spend at Sellafield, by insisting companies that win work with us to invest to support local growth. Recycling Lives has these values at its core and I’m excited by their plans. The contract win also allowed for the creation of a number of jobs in Cumbria as we work to open a new site in the county, creating jobs for yard operatives, drivers and site managers. Read moreRead less
Josh Steiner Social Value & Sustainability Manager Wates Group Recycling Lives has reaped the rewards of strong commercial and social credentials to secure large-scale contracts. The high value and quality nature of the service, alongside its demonstrable social benefits has prompted the organisation’s ongoing success, allowing it to expand its range of services and open in new locations to achieve nationwide coverage Read moreRead less
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.

download our social value report

We create significant social value each year as we reduce reoffending, support homeless people and redistribute surplus food to charities.

Download our Report to read about the human and financial impact of our work - the lives changed and the savings created.

Discover the benefits of the Recycling Lives Portal

Recycling Lives Portal

Providing a fast and easy to access platform where you can view up to date information and documentation about your past and present orders and submit quarterly returns.