Cawleys is not only highly experienced in food waste collection, the fi rm also employs the latest technologies to ensure food waste is put to the best use. Cawleys was the fi rst company in the UK to set up a commercial food waste collection to anaerobic digestion. Anaerobic digestion is a benefi cial alternative

to sending food to landfi ll. T is option consists of converting the food waste into a reusable energy which is often exported to the National Grid. Furthermore, Cawleys also works with Bio-bean, an organisation that converts coff ee grounds into coff ee logs, a renewable energy resource. T e Local Green Survey results also revealed

a greater motivation from businesses to improve their current recycling rates. Over 50% of respondents want to recycle more paper, card and plastic; 39% want to recycle more glass and 34% want to further increase their food recycling. Local businesses showing the fi rst steps towards willingness to take on more sustainable means of waste disposable and recycling assists the circular economy model, and, long term, will assist in creating a much more sustainable economic society.

have gone to waste at a reduced price directly from household retailers such as Costa Coffee, M&S, Starbucks and Budgens. T is is a win/win, reducing the amount of food that is thrown away, whilst also providing consumers with great value at shorter timescales. Other initiatives include community fridges

whereby food that would have been thrown away is donated by businesses or individuals on designated days to local people – it isn’t a food bank, it’s open to everybody who hates waste, no matter what their financial situation. A fantastic idea that is in operation across both Northamptonshire and Milton Keynes.

Reduce then recycle Although these schemes are eff ective in small-scale food waste reduction, it is arguable that they only scratch the surface in terms of using up the food that is not sold or eaten. T e ideal answer is to avoid over-production in the fi rst place. However, although many manufacturers use complex algorithms to calculate their required output and a signifi cant amount are now selling lines of less than perfect items such as ‘wonky strawberries’ that would have previously been thrown away, for many businesses some degree of food waste is unavoidable, particularly where there are strict regulations in place. So, what is the alternative for food waste? At manufacture level waste diversion sees much of the food being converted to animal feed, but what about the rest? T e answer is recycling.

ALL THINGS BUSINESS 7 T is area is a major hub of business activity and many local towns

are leading the way in environmental change. It is crucial businesses adapt to a more sustainable means of waste disposal now more than ever, so they are able to maximise their recycling rates and focus on a more environmentally friendly future.

For more information on food waste recycling or any other form of recycling or waste disposal, get in touch at or call 0845 260 2000

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