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Council’s crackdown on anti-social vehicle use supported by Recycling Lives

recycling livesRecycling Lives’ car processing services are helping the environment two-fold by recycling vehicles used in fly-tipping.


 The recycling business’ Erith site, in Kent, disposes of end-of-life vehicles (ELVs) seized by Bexley Council for being abandoned or used in anti-social behaviour.

Bosses from the local authority visited the site on Darent Industrial Estate last month to see how ELVs are processed and recycled to minimise negative environmental impact, after being seized for use in fly-tipping.

 Recycling Lives’ services to Bexley Council afford it additional benefit as they also support the unique organisation’s social and charity programmes. Its work to redistribute food, reducing reoffending and support the homeless is sustained by its commercial activities for councils and businesses – for every ELV Recycling Lives disposes of, its food charity delivers four meals to community groups and charities.

 Site manager Simon Charlton said, “These vehicles are seized for being used in an anti-social way. By teaming up with Recycling Lives the councils we work with are not only benefiting the environment by recycling the vehicles and reducing anti-social activity, they’re also creating a positive social impact on local communities – all our commercial activities contribute towards our charitable programmes.”

 Cllr Peter Craske, London Borough of Bexley’s Cabinet Member for Places (pictured) said, “Recycling Lives is doing important and amazing work, helping clean up our environment and help people in need get back on their feet. It was great to visit their site and see them crush a vehicle that had been used for fly-tipping all sorts of waste on the road into their site.”


Recycling Lives took over the Erith site, the former Pick-a-Part business, in late 2017, saving 12 jobs and creating more employment and training opportunities for the area. It processes scrap cars, car parts and scrap machinery, which are recycled and exported directly for remanufacturing.

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Head of Circular Economy at Volvo Cars

Owain joined Volvo Cars in June 2021 to lead Circular Economy in the Global Sustainability Team. The company has committed to being a circular business by 2040 and has financial, recycled content and CO2 based targets for 2025, all of which Owain is working across the company to make happen. Owain previously worked for circular economy consultancy Oakdene Hollins where he advised businesses on evidence led circular economy implementation. 

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