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NRAs 2018: Team of the Year - Commercial

WINNER: Recycling Lives

Delivering on objectives set by Recycling Lives’ board and working closely with other teams, the company’s commercial team leads on securing and delivering high-value contracts with blue-chip businesses.

Supported by the marketing team, it tenders for and wins major contracts before working closely with satellite sites and logistics teams to deliver on these. The team is also supported by the finance and IT teams to ensure consistent delivery of services.

Recycling Lives’ business comprises waste management solutions for all sectors; state-of-the-art recycling machinery; nine nationwide sites; national waste brokering services in skip hire and scrap car collection; a car salvage and scrappage business; and compliance schemes for legal obligations around waste.

JUDGES’ COMMENT: “Our winner is a multi-million pound company that has grown rapidly, where the team combine commercial and social responsibilities, supporting businesses to meet their recycling obligations.”

Its commercial team has been integral to its rapid growth in recent years, by delivering contract wins, development of new sites and integration of acquisitions into its business model. The team members are dynamic, diverse and passionate, from all walks of life. They challenge the norms in business: delivering more than just financial and environmental benefit for clients, by guaranteeing social impact from operations and meeting Social Value Act requirements on public contracts.

They deliver the company’s model and guarantee best price due to its vertically integrated business; offer excellent service from a team dedicated to business and social aims; increase recycling rates due to expert knowledge and industry-leading infrastructure; and create tangible social value through its charity programmes.

team of the year – commercial

team of the year commercial

The Recycling Lives team has achieved significant results. It has delivered a 47% growth in sales to £46m in 2016/17; increased recycling rates and secured rebates on commodities for clients; assured social value through its charitable programmes; and prevented around 120,000 tonnes of CO2 emissions for the environment by returning recycled metals to market.


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