The Recycled Candle Company

About Us

The Recycled Candle Company collects pre-loved candle wax from hospitality businesses, places of worship and members of the public who post or drop in their old candles into the shop.

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We help one candle at a time, save them from becoming a waste material that ends up in landfill and instead accept any form of candle wax from pillars and votives to jars and tealights. We call this our #candleamnesty. Instead, we recycle and reuse the wax to bring it ‘new life’ saving 40 tonnes of wax from landfill annually and making approximately 60,000 candles annually. From our shop and studio in Exeter, Devon, UK – we produce handmade candles using 100% recycled wax!

Our history

The Recycled Candle Company chief candle-maker ‘candler’ Richard Hills-Ingyon has been making candles since he was a child. He and Sargon Latchin met in 2014 and the pair together developed the business concept.

They opened their first store in Ottery St Mary, Devon in 2017. Then in 2019, they moved the business to one of Exeter’s oldest charming bustling indie streets called Gandy Street, in Exeter, Devon; which is now their headquarters where everything happens under one roof. When you visit the store, you have full visibility to see the candlers at work in the workshop, transforming the recycled candle wax into luxury new candles.


USPs of Recycled Candles

  • Ethical Product with recognizable luxury quality.
  • Risk-Free supply chain of wax, giving customers security.
  • Award-Winning Fragrances.
  • Impressive burn time compared to competitors.
  • Direct positive impact on the environment and communities.
  • On trend with growing environmental customer choices and changes in consumer buying behaviour.
  • Transparent business with reachable people to talk to.
  • Main wax material is actively diverted from landfill (Currently 40,000 tonnes and growing yearly).
  • Guilt-free gifting for environmentally conscious friends and family.

Meet the founders

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    Richard Hills-Ingyon


    Richard’s passion for the environment from a young age paired with his love of candle making has created a high-quality brand with the candles he has produced over the last 22 years and they carry a very strong ethical message.

    Growing up within a family business taught him from a young age how best to run a business with a focus on approachability and forming relationships between customers and producers.

    Richard has a degree in drama studies from Bath Spa University which helps convey the story of the candles.

    Richard and Sargon have been responsible for every aspect of the business from the beginning, ensuring a deep understanding of the business and brand.

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    Sargon Latchin


    Sargon’s experience in design and architecture has helped him create not only award-winning fragrances and high-end products out of recycled materials, but also streamline the processes making them scalable.

    Growing up in a family of designers, illustrators and architects has helped train his eye from a young age to see the patterns and trends and how to best adapt to the market.

    Sargon has a masters degree in architecture from LSBU which helps when he needs to workshop bespoke ranges of products for clients.