A social business that supports vulnerable and marginalised people has moved into a council depot site.
In a collaboration between Recycling Lives UK and Chorley Council, the charity 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 a year ago to the partnership 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 that provides a range of recycling and waste management services to customers across the UK.
The success of the company’s commercial operations fully sustains the Recycling Lives UK charity, which offers accommodation, education, training and work experience to homeless and long-term unemployed individuals, with the aim of helping them back into full-time work and finding them a place of their own.
Recycling Lives’ founder and CEO Steve Jackson OBE, said: “Since the introduction of the Social Value Act, councils are striving to provide the communities they work in with even better value for their money. 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.”