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Recycling Lives appoints new head of procurement

Recycling Lives has appointed Phil McDonald as head of procurement. He is tasked with developing and delivering a more sustainable supply chain to drive the evolution of the waste recycling company to become a leader in the UK’s circular economy sector.


Recycling Lives appoints new head of procurement f
Phil McDonald

He will work closely with the sustainability team within the business to ensure alignment of the procurement function and suppliers with the strategic aims of the business across areas including plant and machinery maintenance, capital machinery purchases, transport and energy.

A waste handling specialist, Recycling Lives helps customers reduce, reuse and recycle across automotive, manufacturing, construction, retail, utility, public sector and domestic markets. The company employs more than 500 people across the UK and its business is centred around a unique social value model delivered through partnership with Recycling Lives Charity which tackles homelessness, rehabilitates offenders and reduces food poverty.

Phil explained:

“Sustainability was a big part of my previous roles along with purchasing to deliver optimum value while meeting objectives including quality, service, and safety.

We will develop and apply a wide spectrum of assessment criteria for supplier retention and selection, to ensure our supply chain shares the Recycling Lives’ economic, social and governance ethos.”

Before joining Recycling Lives, Phil previously worked within Tarmac Ltd, where his experience included leading procurement for CAPEX spend in the UK covering quarries and cement plants, and in operational services handling procurement for turnkey, mechanical, electrical, civil and engineering projects. He also worked within DAF Trucks NV, handling relationships with suppliers, including requirements with respect to quality, total cost, technology, delivery, customer service, aftermarket support and logistics.

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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. 

Turning into a circular business and the importance of vehicle reuse and recycling.

The presentation will cover the work Volvo Cars is doing to achieve 2025 but mainly focus on the transformational work towards 2040 and the business and value chain changes being considered. Attention will be paid to the way vehicles are being dealt with at the end of life and the complexities of closing material and component loops. Opportunities and challenges which Volvo Cars is facing will be presented including engagement with 3rd parties and increasing pressure from stakeholders.

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