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Official Name: Recycling Lives (UK) Ltd
Chief Executive: Charles Jackson
Chairman: Steven Jackson/Steven Broomhead
Headquarters: Preston, Lancs, UK
Mission: Tackling homelessness, worklessness, welfare dependency, educational disadvantage and social exclusion, driving the reuse and recycling of waste streams, creating employment and generating economic growth
Slogan: Supporting. Inspiring. Employing.
Language Spoken: English
Interesting fact: Recycling Lives grew out of a small, Leyland-based scrap metal business, the original site of which didn't have a toilet
Founders: Steven Jackson
# Countries Active: UK
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Phone: 01772 566566
Fax: 01772 566401
Address: Recycling Lives centre, Essex Street, Preston, Lancashire, UK, PR1 1QE
Areas of Focus: Sustainable Living, Sustainable Development, Greening of Industry, Energy, Education, Community Development, Climate Change, Business and Economics
Organisation Type: Non-profit corporation

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Recycling Lives

Country: United Kingdom

About Us

Recycling Lives is an innovative and unique solution to the national problems of homelessness, worklessness, welfare dependency and educational disadvantagement. Recycling Lives provides opportunities to people facing an uncertain future through accomodation, education, training and work experience.
Recycling Lives is a 2010 winner of the Queen's Award for Enterprise in Sustainable Development.

Work experience is commonly in the Green sector, particularly with the Founding Corporate Partner- Recycling Lives Ltd- a commercial recycler that also  operates a Carbon Reduction department and provides training and education to the local community.

Recycling Lives operates the innovative BulkyWaste Service, which provides a convenient online service for the collection of large and bulky waste items.These items are reused wherever possible and refurbished by Recycling Lives Residents for resale to charities and low-income families. Where reuse is not possible, recycling is always prioritised. 

For more information on the BulkyWaste Service visit


Recycling Lives grew from a small scrap metal firm based in Leyland. The 40 plus years of experience in dealing with scrap metal is the backbone of Recycling Lives and provides a key commercial business.

Formed in 2008 by Preston-based entrepreneur Steven Jackson, along with his uncle Charles Jackson, the Recycling Lives charity has quickly established itself as an innovative, unique and working solution to a number of national issues.

In 2009, the first Recycling Lives centre opened in Deepdale, Preston. The centre provides accommodation and facilities to the Residents, holds the companies’ accounting and marketing headquarters, and provides a valuable community resource to local people.

Focus of Activities

Recycling Lives tackle national issues such as homelessness, worklessness, educational disadvantage and welfare dependency.

People come to us who are looking to turn their lives around- Recycling Lives is a proactive solution that seeks to tackle the causes of these problems and help people live and independent life.

Our residential programme offers secure and comfortable accommodation, food, warmth and support. We help our Residents to get back on their feet by working with them to build confidence, self-respect and a solid work ethic. We provide education, training and work experience, helping our Residents to improve their employability and to prove to themselves – and others – that they are valuable, productive members of the community. Residents can stay with us for up to two years, and we always aim to find them full-time employment, either with Recycling Lives or one of our corporate partners.

Our aim is to be the safety net that vulnerable and marginalised adults need.

Read more about the Recycling Lives Residents undertaking training and work placements

Notable Achievements


2010 Queen's Award for Enterprise (Sustainable Development)

2010 LEP Lancashire Green Awards- Best Recycling Project

2010 BAE Systems Bronze Chairman's Award

2010 NW Chamber Awards- Entrepreneur of the Year (Steve Jackson)

2010 Charity Times Awards runner-up



Investor in People Ambassador Company (2010)

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ISO 19001

How to donate

Recycling Lives accept all kinds of donations, not just money (as welcome as cash is). We may even be able to extract value from your waste items, using our vast experience in recycling

To donate money now, visit our online donation form

For anything else, please contact us on 01772 566566

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Submitted by Recycling Lives (UK) on Jan 21, 2011