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Recycle Week Special: Local businesses want to take a bigger bite out of food waste

New research reveals that 97% of business in Beds, Herts and Bucks think it is important to recycle but only 18% believe they are recycling food and coffee waste effectively
A recent survey conducted by Luton based waste and recycling specialist, Cawleys, has revealed some interesting findings in relation to local business’s recycling practices.
These findings comes just one week before national Recycle Week and reveals the huge appetite among our local business community to do the right thing, recycle more, and protect the environment. However, the research has also unveiled the areas in which organisations struggle to recycle, such as food waste.
When asked which type of recycling is collected most effectively in their organisation, over 60% of respondents cited paper and card as those items that were most easy to collect and separate. However, only relatively few businesses, 18%, felt that they were collecting and segregating food waste effectively for recycling. Even fewer, 10%, said they were collecting coffee cups and coffee grounds successfully. Electrical waste also appeared to be a bit of a challenge with only 23% of companies citing this waste stream as most effectively collected.
Only the bright side a whopping 79% of companies are confident that they are currently recycling paper and card effectively and over 53% are happily recycling both their plastic and glass.
The research also revealed a healthy appetite to uplift current recycling rates. Over 50% of respondents want to recycle more paper, card and plastic, 39% want to recycle more glass, and a significant number, 36%, would like an avenue to recycle more PPE. There was also an appetite to recycle more food and coffee waste with 34% wanting to recycle more food, 24% wanting to recycle more coffee / hot drinks cups, and 18% wanting to recycle an increased volume of coffee grounds.
Commenting on the findings, Nicky Severn, Cawleys Marketing Manager said: “The results from our survey are hugely encouraging and show that businesses in our local community are actively doing all they can to play their part in the war on waste and recycle as effectively as they can. Indeed, there is still a long way to go but we are on the right path and certain waste items are naturally more difficult to collect and segregate than others.
Our local area is a hub of business activity and many of our local towns are leading the way in environmental change. Now, more than ever, it’s time to help companies find uncomplicated ways to maximise their recycling rates and Cawleys are keen to visit local businesses and help them find a way to recycle as much of their waste as possible, including items such as food, coffee and electricals.”
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About Cawleys
Cawleys is one of the UK’s leading independently owned waste and resource recycling companies. The company ethos is ‘local recycling, global responsibility’ and the company celebrated its 70th anniversary in business in 2017.
From its headquarters in Luton, Cawleys provides waste management services across England for thousands of organisations from the smallest local businesses to the largest corporate estates.
Cawleys was the first company in the UK to provide a specialist food waste recycling service to anaerobic digestion and has won numerous awards for its recycling best practice. Specialist services include hazardous and liquid waste disposal, WEEE recycling, lithium-ion battery and confidential waste disposal.
www.cawleys.co.uk
For further information, interviews and more:
Nicky Severn | 0845 260 2000 | nicky.severn@cawleys.co.uk

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