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Recycling Lives wins Queen’s award

RecyclingLives wins Queen's Award 2019Recycling Lives is recognised as a UK leader for combining business and charity with 40 years experience working in the recycling sector and has won its most significant accolade to date.


Their unique recycling business has earned a fourth Queen’s Award; fittingly, for Promoting Opportunity for Social Mobility.

The award recognises their work supporting, training and employing ex-offenders, providing skilled, sustainable jobs via our associated social programmes in order to reduce reoffending rates.

Recycling Lives are one of just six organisations to win a Queen’s Award for Promoting Opportunity in 2019, and one of 201 winners nationally across four categories.

Recycling Lives Ltd works in partnership with Recycling Lives Social Enterprises and the Recycling Lives UK charity to deliver the UK’s leading offender rehabilitation programme and a unique residential programme.

The social enterprise supports up to 300 men and women at a time in 12 prison-based workshops, HMP Academies, and up to 10 men at a time in the residential facility. The HMP Academies train offenders in recycling or fabrication, skilling them for work on release. The charity’s residential programme supports men to undertake training and work placements to move into meaningful work and their own homes.

The programmes deliver unrivalled success, reducing reoffending rates to less than 5% and supporting more than 70% into employment immediately upon release from prison.

Every year dozens of graduates of these programmes move into work with our fast-growing business as we have tripled turnover and expanded across England and Scotland in recent years. A large number of our 400-strong team have come through one of the programmes while many more work for partner businesses including United Utilities, Galliford Try and Kier.

Chief Executive William Fletcher said:

“We are incredibly proud of our unique model and how it is changing lives.

“Winning a Queen’s Award for Promoting Opportunity is the ultimate testament to our impact. It recognises the symbiotic relationship of our organisation; how our business is integral to the success of the social enterprise and charity and vice versa.”

This is their fourth Queen’s Award win, following two for Sustainable Development in 2010 and 2014 and one for International Trade in 2018.

The Queen’s Awards for Enterprise are the most prestigious business awards in the UK, celebrating pioneering products and services, impressive social mobility programmes or sustainable development.

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Owain Griffiths

Owain Griffiths

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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