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What impact will China’s quota delays have on the UK?

China’s potential delay in issuing 2019 waste paper and card licences until the end of the year has caused concern that excess stock levels could build up from the end of October. The licences depict the quotas to the Chinese paper mills, as a result of the uncertainty surrounding this some in the industry are predicting that UK stock prices could be pushed down. But is this necessarily the case? The potential delays around the licences from China derive from the nation’s move to decrease the amount of contaminated recyclate entering the country from overseas, a move which is part of president Xi Jinping’s drive to create a “beautiful China” with a clean environment. As part of these measures the level of stock usually allowed into China for board making could reduce and there is a worry that there could be a knock-on effect on shipping lines who, from November, […]

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Phil Gudgeon is promoted to MD of Cawleys

Phil Gudgeon, 42, has taken over running Cawleys, a £34 million business, this month, becoming Managing Director (MD) following a series of rapid promotions and successes for the company since he joined it in 2013. As MD, Phil will become head of one of Luton’s largest employers and lead a board of seven which includes two generations of the Cawleys family. The company made a decision to eschew landfill in favour of new technologies from the start of the 21st century.  By investing in its own ‘dirty’ Materials Recycling Facility (MRF) to process mixed waste streams it enabled the company to offer exceptionally high recycling rates for mixed general waste, while it pioneered the use of anaerobic digestion to tackle food waste in the retail sector, launching the trial service with Waitrose almost a decade ago. Last year, Cawleys helped the first entire business area, Canary Wharf Estate, to be […]

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Small Actions Big Impact campaign to reduce waste and increase recycling

Small Action Big Impact campaign launched by Cawleys for Recycle Week

Is your company doing its bit for the planet? According to the latest report from the CBI, three quarters of people in the UK want companies to be environmentally friendly. The reason why people might feel so strongly about environmental actions at places of work is clear by looking at just a few facts. Only 9% of all plastic waste in the world has ever been recycled A study from 2015 estimated that 90% of the world’s seabirds and 25% of fish contain plastic in their stomach. We’re inviting people, whatever they do or wherever they work, to speak out and make a difference to the planet, by making small changes which, added together, can make a big difference to the environment. The launch of our year-long campaign called ‘Small Action Big Impact’ coincides with Recycle Week 24 – 30th September and will give prizes to the business which has the most […]

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Cawleys take on 500km cycle marathon in aid of CHUMS

If you’ve been following our blog, you’ll know Cawleys is sending a team of four cyclists to France to raise money for two charities in the 500km marathon Extra Mile Challenge. This year one of the charities the team will be fundraising for is CHUMS. CHUMS is a charity that provides mental health and wellbeing services to children and young people across Bedfordshire and Luton dealing with bereavement. Today, CHUMS delivers nine therapeutic services with additional support for schools, has 55 staff and eighty volunteers, supporting over 3,000 referrals per year. Cawleys has supported CHUMS for over ten years and is thrilled to be able to fundraise for a cause that provides such important care to families in the region. Here we talk to Sue Clarke, Head of Fundraising & Communications at CHUMS about why the money raised during the Extra Mile Challenge is so vital to the charity.   […]

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Extra Mile Challenge Spotlight: Daring Dave

This year the Cawleys team is taking to the roads for the Extra Mile Cycle Challenge raising valuable funds for charities CHUMS and Ride High. We’re doing a short series catching up with each of Cawleys team members to see how they are getting on with training and here we talk to Key Account Manager, Dave Buckingham, who will be taking part in the challenge for the eighth time. How have you been preparing for the race? Cycling is one of my favourite hobbies, so I do it for most of the year – I love getting out and about on my bike. I’ve recently come back from a week’s cycling in the south of Ireland as part of my training. I took a winter road bike with me as it’s heavier and the tyres are bigger, and I was also carrying all my gear for the week away from […]

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