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BIFM Awards 2017 logo
This award is sponsored by CBRE

9 October 2017 | FM World team

BIFM Awards 2017 - Impact on Society

Waste management firm Recycling Lives has won the BIFM 2017 Award for Impact on Society for its valuable work in rehabilitating criminal offenders and distributing surplus food.

Working with clients such as BT, Wates and Beaverbrooks, the company provides a range of waste management and recycling services, while offering a route back into the workforce for offenders.

Conducted through its Recycling Lives charitable arm, the company’s social mission is backed strongly by its clients and supports their CSR activities. 

Through its HMP Academies program, men and women are given the opportunity to ‘earn and learn’ while still in prison. 

Undertaking recycling processes such as dismantling waste electrical or electronic items into component parts, participants are provided with training that significantly improves their chances of finding employment upon their release. 

Through the programme - which currently employs more than 150 offenders - the reoffending rate has been reduced from the national average of 67% to just 6%. 

In addition, the company also uses the money made from its FM services to carry out a major food redistribution operation. 

Since it was launched in October 2015, the programme has seen 800,000 meals distributed, diverting 331 tonnes of food waste from landfill.


Its work with construction firm Eric Wright Group has seen 11,348 meals provided as part of its contract to provide 2,000 skips. 

“Working with Recycling Lives means we are helping to provide the resources needed to ensure they continue their much needed community support,” said Jeremy Hartley, managing director of Eric Wright Group. 

“[It] gives us an opportunity to make a real difference and achieve more through working together.”