Recent Posts by Nicky Severn

Facing the ‘Fatberg’

Facing the Fatberg: Nicky Severn, Marketing Manager from Cawleys explores the world of Fatbergs Following the news that a massive 64 metre ‘fatberg’ was discovered in Devon recently, the problem of unsuitable items in our sewerage system has been catapulted into the public eye. The fatberg which consisted of a huge build-up of fat, oil,…
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Is it a British thing?

Are we too lazy to take advantage of coffee refill options or is it something far more cultural? Whether it’s a 25p reduction from Costa, Pret’s sizeable 50p discount on hot beverages or Gregg’s more modest 20p concession, there’s a lot to be said for bringing your own coffee cup. With the UK’s coffee consumption…
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DEFRA’s Resources and Waste Strategy for England

The UK government’s last, full waste strategy was published eleven years ago, long before concern over climate change, plastic in our oceans, and unsustainable packaging reached its current level. So the publication of DEFRA’s Waste and Resource Strategy is big news, not just for the waste industry, but for a country that’s increasingly worried about…
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Energise your waste

The last week in January has been earmarked as the UK’s Big Energy Saving Week. With a focus on helping people cut their energy bills and making homes more energy efficient, there is a natural tie-in with the environmental issues. Not to mention the on-going targets to reduce our reliance on fossil fuels to power…
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‘Haz’ your business gone hazardous?

Even if you don’t know it, most businesses produce some degree of hazardous waste. But did you know that it can be collected and recycled just like other waste streams? When it comes to waste it’s not always easy to tell which items are and aren’t hazardous. If you’re busy running your business, it’s likely…
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Get to know your dates

Sell by, use by, display until… Many of us are still confused about what these magic dates on food labels really mean, and whether it’s safe to eat once it’s passed the deadline. In a study of 1,500 UK consumers by Mintel, two-thirds said they rely on their own senses rather than dates to decide…
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Is it time to say farewell to the festive Christmas card?

During the Christmas season the UK alone is likely to create around 30% more waste than usual. Wrapping paper, food waste and Christmas trees will all contribute to this worrying statistic and in a world where environmental pollution is a topic of worldwide concern, shouldn’t we be doing more to address this seasonal sin? Of…
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Food Waste Reduction: The business case

A report released by the Champions 12.3 coalition titled The Business Case for Reducing Food Waste outlined the severity of the global food waste crisis and the urgent need for change across companies, cities and countries. The report analysed over 1,000 companies and found a median return on investment of 14:1. Regardless of where your…
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Why every business should use a ‘one stop shop’ waste management provider

When it comes to recycling and waste management the key is to keep things simple. For most businesses there are 3 things they want from their recycling and waste management provider, competitive prices, top-notch environmental practices and, perhaps most importantly, a convenient and reliable service. The reason convenience and service are so important is simple, great…
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Brexit and the Waste Trade – Cawleys' MD Phil Gudgeon gives his view

The success of the waste industry in the UK owes a lot to its long-standing relationship with our overseas cousins. Not only are large quantities of UK recyclate exported across the globe every single day, the industries work force is made up of many hard working and reliable foreign nationals. Whilst the sector is no…
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