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Confidential waste disposal & destruction

Securely destroying commercially sensitive waste for businesses nationwide

About our secure destruction services

Recycling Lives guarantee the secure disposal of confidential waste, ensuring that all commercially sensitive waste is disposed of responsibly.

  • Recording the entire destruction process in high definition through Europe’s only online fragmentiser
  • Processing all waste at an approved authorised treatment facility, fully licensed by the environment agency
  • Offering secure destruction services as part of an environmentally friendly total waste management solution

We provide you with a service that suits your needs, using a recording process that allows you to view destruction from your desk and providing a certificate of destruction for all destroyed waste.

Secure total waste management solutions

We incorporate secure waste disposal into a total waste management solution tailor made to your business, managing all waste streams, including general waste, dry mixed recycling, cardboard and packaging as well as hazardous and confidential waste.

We assess your waste streams to find more efficient ways to manage your confidential waste while ensuring full compliance throughout the disposal process. We aim to reduce waste creation and increase recycle rates through effective total waste management solutions.

Secure Destruction Regulations

While the standard duty of care regulations apply to organisations disposing of waste, many businesses choose to use secure destruction to protect the integrity of their brand; prevent surplus stock or prototypes from entering the second-hand market; and ensure that competitive information about products or services is not leaked.

The duty of care regulations state that as a waste holder you must take all reasonable steps to:

Prevent unauthorised or harmful deposit, treatment or disposal of waste

Ensure that all waste is disposed of with a business or individuals that have the correct and relevant environmental permit issued but the environmental agency like recycling lives

Prevent other parties from breaching permit conditions relevant to the type of waste they process

Provide an accurate description of the waste when it is transferred to another business or individual

Retain waste documentation about non-hazardous waste for two years

In addition, any waste holder must ensure that waste is transferred to a business or individual like recycling lives that is:

  • Registered as a carrier, broker or dealer of waste
  • A waste management operator with an environmental permit or registered exemption to accept such waste


What is secure destruction?
Secure destruction is the process by which a product, document or data is destroyed and evidence of that destruction can be provided.
What happens if i don’t fulfil my legal duty of care?
Breach of the duty of care is an offence, with a penalty of up to £5,000 on summary conviction or an unlimited fine on conviction on indictment.

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British Gas

“Our relationship with Recycling Lives spans more than 6 years starting with our first load in 2016.

We send scrap and waste material including copper, brass, ferrous metal and more they also handle our hazardous waste such as oil and aerosols. We honestly like everything about Recycling Lives, their people are dedicated to what they do, work hard and are exceptionally friendly to deal with. Their attitude to work and charity is inspirational. Long may our partnership continue.”

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British Telecom

“BT and Recycling Lives have a long established relationship stretching back over 15 years.

We were looking to ensure we met and exceeded all of our environmental and waste targets and goals. To enable us to achieve this, we needed to work with the right partners that carry the same values and provide us with solutions we need in an ever change environment. Recycling Lives have continuously demonstrated their ability to deliver, always willing to go that extra mile when needed, and have built a trust within BT that our waste is in safe hands. We will continue to work with Recycling Lives in the future.”


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