I was recently invited to visit the Recycling Lives' Recycling Park on Longridge Road to view their operations and discuss their ethos and future plans.
Recyling Lives has two distinct arms; a charity that provides accommodation, training and employment for vulnerable people looking to find their way back to independent living and a waste recycling business which mainly operates from the Longridge Road site.
From left: Gerry Marshall Chief Executive Officer, Mark Hendrick and Andrew Hodgson, Executive Chairman.
I was impressed by the cutting edge technology and innovation used to recycle scrap metal and end-of-life vehicles to achieve 100% recycling rates. I was also pleased to see that they continue to see their social value schemes continue to have positive impacts in Preston communities and further afield. Aside from their residential facilities and support for men facing homelessness, they also offer training at special academies in prisons to prevent re-offending and work in partnership with the Fareshare scheme to redistribute food to disadvantage groups.
I previously visited the site Headquarters on Essex Street in 2016. During that visit, I was invited to meet with the charity’s directors and residents and tour the facilities including the living accommodation on offer. The Recycling Lives charity and business was set up in 2008 and provides accommodation, training and employment for vulnerable people looking to find their way back to independent living.