Working with Recycling Lives – a waste management company with a difference

Posted on: 16 Nov 2021

Recycling Lives are a national recycling company with a strong focus on social value, providing invaluable programmes rehabilitating ex-offenders, supporting the homeless as well as redistributing food. The company offers a total waste management service, operating across many sites nationwide, and has proved a popular choice amongst construction companies due to their emphasis on Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR).

As part of Recycling Lives ethical commitments, the requirement for strong policy is paramount, including those focusing on modern slavery, anti-bullying, anti-corruption etc. While these have always been in place, this year we have updated and cemented our commitment to these, which allowed us to procure the contract and marks the beginning of an excellent working relationship with the altruistic firm.

McGrath has been working with Recycling Lives on projects in London and the South East, providing skips and waste removal, primarily demolition and construction waste.

The Recycling Lives Charity runs the following social impact programmes:

Residential programme – Offering homeless men stable accommodation and a six stage programme of support while developing life skills, earn qualifications and undertake work placements.

HMP Academies – Offender rehabilitation programme supporting offenders to improve life and works skills ahead of release. Prison based workshops for both men and women, undertaking recycling or fabrication work, earning a wage and achieving qualifications and transferrable skillsets. Operating in 11 prisons nationwide, the Release Potential programmes help ex-offenders by supporting them into stable housing and employment. Offering work-based placements for day release too, either with Recycling Lives or partner organisations.

Food Redistribution – Operating the FareShare food distribution programme across two counties, delivering over three million meals last year alone.

All programmes contribute towards creating £22.4 million of Social Value in 2019-2020.

Gareth Layland, Supply Chain Manager at Recycling Lives says, “Working with like-minded companies is key to the supply chain at Recycling lives. Companies like McGrath Bros. (Waste Control) Ltd are helping Recycling Lives to continue in our push for 0% waste to landfill while also giving back and supporting their local communities. ESG is key to our business and it’s a priority to work with companies who have the same ethos.”