Preston-based Recycling Lives has won a contract to retrieve metal from the Sellafield nuclear site, and will be opening a new depot to carry out the work.
As well as the new facility in Workington, the waste manager is using the opportunity to establish a food distribution charity with centres throughout Cumbria, which will also need staff and volunteers.
This follows the success of a similar community programme it set up throughout Lancashire.
Managing director William Fletcher said: “We are pleased to have been chosen as the preferred contractor for scrap metal collection and processing from Sellafield. We’re really excited to be able to use this contract to create social value across Cumbria.”
Martin Chown, Sellafield’s supply chain director, said: “We want to ensure our local communities benefit from the money we spend, and we do this by insisting that companies winning work with us invest to support local growth.”
The scrap buying and processing facility in Workington has brought an empty site back into use, and will be open to the public and other businesses from September.
Their food redistribution service operates on behalf of Fareshare, taking surplus food from manufacturers, suppliers and supermarkets to charities and community groups in deprived areas.