Essential information for end of life vehicle dismantling, depollution and recycling

AutoDrain L

New team leads sustainability at Recycling Lives

Recycling and waste handling specialist Recycling Lives has a new team leading sustainability and social value within the national waste recycling business.


New team leads sustainability at Recycling Lives f
Barry Flanagan (left) and Andrew Wright lead the drive for greater sustainability at recycling and waste handling specialist Recycling Lives.

Barry Flanagan is the company’s Sustainability Manager with primary responsibility for maintaining social value focus as the company transitions to becoming a circular economy leader. He is working with newly appointed Social Projects Manager Andrew Wright to define the ESG (environmental, social & governance) value of the company’s operations, and extend the commitment to the offender rehabilitation, food redistribution and other social value initiatives that have made Recycling Lives a benchmark for caring businesses.

The new management team at Recycling Lives is on track to substantially grow the business by investing in both its people and innovative processes across the 18 sites operated by the company in the UK.

The 15-acre Recycling Park in Preston is the flagship facility for Recycling Lives and currently leads on both innovation and social value programmes. But the aim is to roll out that ethos and engage more effectively with all 500 of the company’s employees at its facilities across the UK so that they can all embrace the evolution of the company.

Barry moved over from the Recycling Lives Charity where for five years he was head of rehabilitation programmes. He holds a commendation from the Butler Trust for his inspirational leadership of teams transforming the lives of prisoners at HMP Recycling Lives Academies within seven prisons and is committed to redefining social value generated by the company.

Andrew has worked in the biomass energy sector leading on ESG issues, experience which will be valuable as Recycling Lives transitions towards a sustainable circular economy model. A qualified counsellor, he has also previously fulfilled a range of roles with drug and alcohol rehabilitation initiatives and worked with offenders and young people within social services and residential care.

Andrew first met Barry by enlisting the support of Recycling Lives for vulnerable individuals and is now looking forward to helping to expand the company’s social value strategy.

Barry Flanagan, Recycling Lives Sustainability Manager explains:

“Our transition to become a leading circular economy business will affect every aspect of the company. For example, we are currently at the forefront of the industry in the way we depollute and recycle up to 130,000 motor vehicles every year, how we extract value from other waste streams to re-use and recycle metals and other materials, and in our innovation projects to further reduce waste to landfill and create sustainable energy.

As we improve and innovate to extend our core business, we also want to improve and extend the social value programmes. We will continue to work within the criminal justice sector to give people the opportunity to change the direction of their lives by providing jobs and the chance to rebuild their futures. But we are also developing other strategies to deliver positive impact and, in the case of young people, intervene before they become involved in the justice system.

Our aim is to create initiatives that benefit not just the individuals involved but society as a whole – through our sustainable environmental work and social programmes. All of this will bring the company and the charity closer together and involve people at all of our sites in fulfilling activity that can change for the better the world in which we live.”

For more information go to

SYNETIQ April 2023 M

More News

Adam Hewitt

ATF Professional is produced by ARW- Group LTD, which is registered in England and Wales with Company Number 14914439

The views and opinions expressed on ATF Professional are solely those of the original authors and other contributors. These views and opinions do not necessarily represent those of the editor, publisher or staff of ATF Professional.


01432 355099

© All rights reserved

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.

e2e awards logo

e2e Total Loss Vehicle Management [e2e] is the UK’s only salvage and automotive recycling network with nationwide, environmentally compliant sites delivering performance resilience and service reliability to the insurance and fleet markets.  The network’s online salvage auction drives strong salvage resale values and faster sales.  e2e’s salvage clients have access to the network’s stocks of over 5 million quality graded, warranty assured reclaimed parts. 

The power of the network model means e2e has the ability to influence industry standards and is committed to continually raising the bar whilst redefining the role and perceived value of the salvage operator.  Network members adhere to robust service level agreements, against which they are audited, in order to ensure performance consistency and a market leading customer experience.  

The salvage and recycling operating environment is evolving rapidly, and e2e is anticipating, listening and responding to changing market needs.  Regulatory compliance, ESG, reclaimed parts, customer experience, EVs, new vehicle technologies, data and reputation risk are just some of many considerations linked to the procurement of salvage services.  e2e will drive further added value to clients and members through the adoption and application of emerging technologies, continuing to differentiate its proposition and position salvage services as a professional partnership. 

New Client Special Offer

20% Off

Aenean leo ligulaconsequat vitae, eleifend acer neque sed ipsum. Nam quam nunc, blandit vel, tempus.