A quarter of a million pounds has been invested in a former eyesore site in Workington, creating a number of jobs.
Recycling Lives (a BECBC member), a recycling and waste management business, has spent around £250,000 on the scrap buying and processing facility on the Derwent Howe Industrial Estate, creating employment for local people.
Now it is officially opening the recycling site on Isabella Road, to work with traders and businesses in Cumbria accepting scrap metal to be recycled. And the business has ambitions to invest a further £250,000 in the facility.
Managing Director William Fletcher said: “After investing time, training and money to bring this facility up to the highest spec, we’re looking forward to really getting to work - guaranteeing the best price and service for scrap processing in Cumbria.
“Our business model ensures that the more business we do in Workington, the more charities and community groups we can support across the county through our food programme.
“We’d like to welcome tradesmen and businesses down to the site now to see the facilities and learn more about Recycling Lives’ offer and impact.”
Recycling Lives is a national recycling and waste management business, operating eight other recycling sites nationwide, including a state-of-the-art Recycling Park with fragmentiser in Lancashire. It manages the entire waste process from sourcing to exporting, ensuring the best price and service for customers. It is unique in guaranteeing social impact from its activities too as its commercial operations support and sustain its own social programmes.
It began its expansion into Cumbria after winning a contract with Sellafield Ltd in summer 2017, to process scrap metal from the nuclear fuel processing and decommissioning facility. It took over the Isabella Road site, which had been empty for months, in August.
The unique organisation is already working across Cumbria with 22 charitable groups. It provides food and goods via its Food Redistribution Centre, distributing surplus goods from supermarkets and food suppliers to support groups to tackle food poverty and carry out vital work in communities. It is working with groups including Calderwood House, Mirehouse Community Centre and a number of school breakfast clubs.
As well as redistributing food through the Food Redistribution Centre, Recycling Lives is reducing reoffending through an offender rehabilitation programme in nine prisons and tackling homeless through its own residential facilities.
The organisation - which has won two Queen’s Awards for its business model - enjoys unique working relationships with its clients as it offers tangible social value as well as total compliance, excellent service and competitive pricing, allowing clients to demonstrate the social impact created by their contract.