Dot-com boom at recycling firm

Steve Jackson, chief executive of Recycling Lives
Steve Jackson, chief executive of Recycling Lives
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The founder of a recycling group has vowed to create more jobs by launching a number of “community dot.com” businesses in the coming year.

Steve Jackson, who has taken over as chief executive of Recycling Lives, said it had plans for “aggressive” expansion of the online businesses it operates to generate cash for charity groups.

The group already has three such businesses, bulky waste collection service, bulkywaste.com, and a pair of businesses which allow people to donate cars and furniture to boost charity coffers.

Mr Jackson said it was looking to launch one, bigsocietyhelp.com, with multi-millionaire Martin Ainscough to bring together experts with charitable groups.

He said: “That idea is about matching a skill with a group that needs that skill and is an example of where we are looking to go with these community dot.com businesses.

“The majority of these businesses we will be developing will have a commercial edge which will enable the charities and groups we are looking to work with to harness the power of the internet in a sustainable fashion.

“Gone are the days when these groups could rely money from government grants, they have to be innovative about how they raise money.”

Mr Jackson has taken over as chief executive of the group he launched three years ago when it reversed into Preston Recycling, a company set up his family and run by his uncle, Charlie, since 1999.

His uncle has left the business due to personal reasons, but Steve Jackson said he would still be involved with an advisory role.

He said: “As a family member Charlie has said he will always be available to add benefit from his extensive knowledge of the industry.

“He has been looking at taking early retirement and with our aggressive expansion plans he felt it better to go now than wait.”

Former North West Development Agency chief executive Steven Broomhead joined Recycling Lives as non-executive chairman earlier this year.