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Recycling group moving in to help cut council costs

New Partnership: The Bengal Street depot is to share its facilities

New Partnership: The Bengal Street depot is to share its facilities

A social business which supports vulnerable and people has moved into a council depot.

In a conjunction with Chorley Council, Recycling Lives UK is sharing the authority’s Bengal Street site.

A planning application has now been submitted seeking permission to change part of the depot to a recycling centre.

This includes living accommodation and training rooms in an existing building and the re-siting of three storage containers, fuel tanks, a canteen and weighbridge.

Chorley Council agreed to the partnership a year ago as part of the drive to reduce costs and generate income from its buildings.

Councillor Peter Wilson, deputy leader, said: “In the difficult economic climate we have been doing all we can to look at where we can save money and looking at the accommodation we use has been a big part of that. By making better use of the space we have at the town hall and Union Street offices we have been able to vacate the vast majority of the office space at Bengal Street and we have been looking for organisations interested in using the site.”

Recycling Lives Ltd is a social business providing a range of recycling and waste management services. The company’s commercial operations sustains the Recycling Lives UK charity, which offers accommodation, education, training and work experience to the homeless and long-term unemployed, helping them back into full-time work and housing.

Recycling Lives’ founder and chief executive Steve Jackson said: “People want to see their local authorities working with organisations that offer more – and Recycling Lives strives to do that in every project we undertake.”

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