Nationwide Solutions for Waste Management in Retail

Recycling Lives’ retail waste solutions offer much more than just bins and compactors to collect retail waste. We offer total waste management solutions tailor-made to your business, allowing you to consolidate and manage any and all waste across multiple sites with just one supplier.

Working with large, blue-chip, and SME businesses, we develop retail waste management plans to improve the efficiency of retail 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.

We minimise the environmental impact of your waste by providing closed loop solutions. Our processes recycle your waste plastic and cardboard, reworking it into new packaging or products that can be placed on the market.

Recycling Lives' operates in the retail sector

Total Retail Waste Management Solutions

Our total retail waste management services can handle any and all retail waste, including food and hazardous waste. Our waste solutions include offering advice on how to minimise waste in the manufacturing process; orchestrating store clearances; and managing the locations, movement and size of skips.

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

Creating social value in the Retail sector

All our retail waste management services contribute to the creation of significant social value - so your retail 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 retail industry. Our comprehensive service offer allows you to manage with all retail waste, from clothing and cardboard to retail food waste, with one supplier.

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  • Closed loop solutions – retail waste recycling that reworks your waste into products.
  • Baling of commodities – bale and compact your waste.
  • Bins & skips – containers of all sizes, available nationwide using an online request process.
  • Store clearance – full retail store waste management.
  • Hazardous waste – hazardous waste containers and disposal delivered and collected.


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

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

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.