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Recycling Lives sponsors poppy garden artwork by ex-services prisoners

Waste recycling company Recycling Lives has supported a special garden artwork installation to mark Remembrance Day, created by a group of ex-services personnel in a prison where the business supports individuals back into employment.


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Ex-servicemen used red gravel to make a poppy design and created a vegetable plot to supply local food banks. They also made 100 poppies from matchsticks, to be laid on Commonwealth War Graves across Durham, Darlington and Middlesbrough. 

Recycling Lives shares the determination of charities and organisations that aim to support the reintegration of offenders and veterans to provide better life chances. It supports former service personnel and ex-offenders to build better lives by providing training and employment opportunities within the company. Building on this ethos, Recycling Lives is expanding its operations and areas of support by partnering and working with prisons ex-service personnel charities across the country. 

Gerry Marshall, CEO of Recycling Lives explains: 

“We are proud to be part of this initiative which has so much significance. Recycling Lives is determined to provide better life chances, and we fully support the fantastic work which is ongoing there.”

“Recycling Lives Ltd is currently working with the wider UK prisons and probation services and other custodial estates using Release on Temporary Licence (ROTL) and resettlement to support more men and women across the country and increase job opportunities. In so doing, this reinforces our focus on helping to reduce crime in local communities and benefits local economies.”

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Holme House poppy garden

Recycling Lives’ Sustainability Manager Barry Flanagan adds: 

“We use our extensive experience of employing those reintegrating into society from custodial settings to support ex-service personnel who have served our country and found themselves within the justice system. We are creating sustainable employment opportunities for those who feel detached from society and need a chance to rebuild their lives.”

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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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