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Jobs saved in metal site takeover

Recycling Lives
Site manager Paul Nother (left) with his team at Recycling Lives new facility in Birkenhead

An award-winning social business has moved into Birkenhead, saving 11 jobs at a historic metal site.

Recycling Lives has taken over the former McCoy Brothers Ltd on Ebenezer Street, after the metal buyer business went into administration in October.

Now Recycling Lives is reviving the fortunes of the facility – the largest scrap metal site on the Wirral – working with trade and the public to guarantee best price and service. The takeover has secured the jobs of 11 existing employees of the site.

Site manager Paul Nother said: “My team and I are proud to now be part of the Recycling Lives team, and to be able to offer our customers the best price for their scrap metal and cars. We look forward to continuing to work with the people and businesses of Birkenhead and the Wirral.”

Recycling Lives is a multi-award-winning recycling and waste management business, twice handed the prestigious Queen’s Award for sustainable development. Its unique business model uses its commercial activities, managing the processing and recycling of scrap metal and scrap cars, to directly support and sustain a number of charitable programmes.

These include a food charity, The Food Redistribution Centre, which supports more than 100 charitable organisations across the North West by distributing surplus goods from food suppliers to community groups and charities, to reduce food waste and tackle food poverty. It also runs an offender rehabilitation programme which significantly reduces reoffending rates by offering opportunities for men and women to earn and learn in prison, and gain employment on release. Its work in HMP Altcourse in Liverpool is equipping men with skills and qualifications in welding and fabrication.

Its new Ebenezer Street site, in Rock Ferry, is one of nine sites nationwide, including a state-of-the-art Recycling Park in Lancashire, home to a fragmentiser. Operations at the site will now directly support Recycling Lives’ charitable programmes of food redistribution, offender rehabilitation and services to tackle homelessness, while guaranteeing the best price and same-day payments for scrap metal and scrap cars to customers.

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