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Cawleys kick-start 75th-anniversary celebrations with family tree planting day

Cawleys, the family-run Luton-based recycling and waste management company turns 75 this year and in celebration of this fabulous milestone the team has kicked off festivities with a magnificent tree planting event.


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The event perfectly complemented Cawleys’ dedication to sustainability and was the ideal follow up to the tree planting event held 15 years ago to celebrate the organisation’s 60th birthday.

The tree planting this year took place at the Houghton House site on Sunday 13th March and formed part of a wider initiative by the Forest of Marston Vale to plant a further 5 million trees in the local area. The organisation has already planted 12 woodland sites consisting of more than 2 million trees which equates to almost 5,000 tonnes of carbon removed from the atmosphere yearly.

For the past few months, Cawleys has committed to planting new trees for each new client, and as a result, the team planted a total of 200 saplings. This is a fantastic effort that will make a significant impact on the local environment. The event included Cawleys’ employees and their families, and much fun was had by all, enjoying a celebratory lunch, planting trees, and recognising the 75th year with a tree-themed birthday cake.

Cawleys is one of Luton’s largest employers with more than 200 staff based at its headquarters in Luton. It also has sites in Milton Keynes and Wellingborough and a fleet of vehicles operating from these bases to serve customers throughout the region.

Now a third-generation family business, Jon Cawley and his daughters Anna and Kate all work in the business and help ensure it combines both a family touch, where people and customer satisfaction really matter, alongside the latest innovation to ensure that waste is always treated as a resource. 

Many other anniversary celebrations are planned for 2022, including charity events, a milestone video, new lorry and truck signboards, blogs, articles, award sponsorships and much more.

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Anna Cawley

Commenting on the event Anna Cawley, Communications and Strategy Director, said:

“It’s fantastic that we are able to start the celebrations for our milestone 75th anniversary in this way. The last few years have been a challenge and now that we are looking at a bright future, the environment, and our impact on it, is more important than ever. Planting trees for future generations and the local community is the perfect way to give back and start a legacy for our next 75 years!”

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 celebrates its 75th anniversary in business in 2022.

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.


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Owain joined Volvo Cars in June 2021 to lead Circular Economy in the Global Sustainability Team. The company has committed to being a circular business by 2040 and has financial, recycled content and CO2 based targets for 2025, all of which Owain is working across the company to make happen. Owain previously worked for circular economy consultancy Oakdene Hollins where he advised businesses on evidence led circular economy implementation. 

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