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Ride High

Anna Cawley and children from the Ride High charity standing outside Cawleys ready for their tour of the Materials Recycling FaciltyRide High is a Milton Keynes charity, helping to transform the lives of local disadvantaged children by teaching them to ride and care for horses.

Horse riding and associated clubroom activities help to transform the children into happy, confident young people who are positively engaged in the outside world.


All the children that come to Ride High are referred by childcare professionals to ensure that the charity works with those who need it most.

With a deep connection to the environment, and from MK which like Cawleys is celebrating a sigificant anniversary this year (MK Golden Anniversary at 50; Cawleys Platiunum at 70 in 2017) we’re delighted to support Ride High in this special year.

Ride High children visited our Materials Recycling Facility (MRF) in the Easter holidays for a ‘behind-the-scenes’ tour.  It was an interesting experience for the children and a great way to show how, by ensuring we take care of waste properly, it can be used again and made into new things, which helps us all to care for our environment.

School engagement

mollyWe’ve had a little helper n the Cawleys Head Office! Molly joined us on a School Work Shadowing Day and spent the day in the Customer Service/Marketing Office.

Whilst with us Molly helped to write some copy for the Staff Newsletter, did some online research for images, and also attended a Marketing/PR meeting and gave some valuable input with regards to a Schools competition we will be looking to launch.

Molly is from Norton St. Nicholas School in Hertfordshire and the Work Shadowing Day is run every year for Year 6 pupils.

She said: “I found it very interesting and liked seeing the recycling in the MRF – I will tell all my friends at school they need to recycle more”.

Molly at her desk in customer services. The desk happens to be made entirely from recycled cardboard!

Understanding the waste journey – MRF tours

We work for a wide range educational organisations from schools to universities, plus of course many of us are parents. We have a deep understanding of the importance of educating our youngsters in how to care for the environment, to minimise waste and maximise care for the natural resources of our planet.

You can’t beat seeing what happens to your waste to really get a feel for the issue, to truly understand the waste journey and how a circular economy works. For this reason we offer ‘behind the scenes tours’ of our MRF. To find out when the next one is taking place, please contact