Cawleys has taken delivery of two new glass collection vehicles which are both decorated in the platinum livery to mark our 70th anniversary in business in 2017 and will be part of a new improved glass collection service for Luton and the surrounding area.
Over 200 people work for Cawleys from our Luton, Milton Keynes and Wellingborough sites, making us an important local employer; over the years we have looked after the waste collection for more than a thousand businesses in the area. As the population grows, it is more and more important to recycle waste, so that precious resources are not lost for future generations.
Glass can be recycled several times over and used for many different things. It can be melted down and turned into more glass products, or crushed and recycled into construction and building materials, but none of these ‘second life uses’ can be achieved if the glass is just thrown away in landfill .
Bars, restaurants and pubs in the UK currently throw away 600,000 tonnes of glass every year, which is clearly a terrible waste of resources. And although householders are recycling more, with 50 percent of container glass now being recycled, this is still much less than other countries like Switzerland and Finland which recycle more than 90% of their glass.
The vehicles take a five-tonne payload, offer fuel economy and an easy versatile body that helps the crew load the bins effectively and safely.
Cawleys maroon vehicles have become a familiar site around Luton over the past seventy years, so the new vehicles in platinum really stand out. Anna Cawley, Head of Customer Services said: “We’ve invested £180,000.00 in these new vehicles, and it’s great to be able to offer an improved, bespoke glass collection service in the area. It’s a good, positive sign of business growth for Luton. We take caring for the environment really seriously, and I know local business do too, but it shouldn’t cost the earth to save the earth! These vehicles will help us make collections more efficient to keep costs down for customers.”