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Cawleys charge forward with the launch of new business: ‘Lithium Battery Recycling Solutions’

Cawleys is delighted to announce the launch of its new business division – ‘Lithium Battery Recycling Solutions’.


Cawleys charge forward with the launch of new business: ‘Lithium Battery Recycling Solutions’ p

The new business is a natural expansion of Cawleys’ hazardous waste department and will specialise in the collection, transportation, dismantling and recycling of lithium-ion batteries. Lithium Battery Recycling Solutions is one of the very few lithium battery recycling services in the UK and has been developed to meet the growing demand for electrical power, both from electric vehicles and other areas such as machinery. Cawleys has vast experience in the recycling of lithium-ion batteries and has been handling and treating batteries of this type for almost 10 years within its hazardous waste division. Indeed, it already has many high-profile clients, including household automotive brands. This proven expertise in the field means that establishing Lithium Battery Recycling Solutions as its own brand is a natural evolution.

The business will be headed up by lithium specialist Alan Colledge who adopts the position of Technical Director, and Tony Goodman, who becomes the new venture’s Lithium Business Development Consultant. Alongside the expansion, the new business division will also launch with a brand-new state-of-the-art Lithium Battery Recycling Solutions website at  The website will showcase the various stages of battery treatment and recycling, inform prospective clients on the services offered, provide valuable insight into electrical power and battery disposal, and highlight the sectors that Lithium Battery Recycling Solutions are currently operating in.  

Lithium battery production relies heavily on the mining of raw materials such as cobalt and nickel. These are extremely valuable elements and are not a finite resource, by recycling the lithium batteries that are currently in use, the reliance on mining raw materials is reduced. This provides a sustainable, full-circle solution by reclaiming valuable elements and putting them to good use. This approach is vitally important in a world where protecting the environment is top of the agenda and we predict that demand for battery recycling services will grow exponentially.

Lithium batteries are a known fire risk and dealing with the batteries compliantly at their end of life is a basic health and safety requirement. Lithium Battery Recycling Solutions is one of the first companies to provide a completely regulated service ensuring the safe collection, transportation, storage, dismantling and recycling of lithium batteries.

Cawleys charge forward with the launch of new business: ‘Lithium Battery Recycling Solutions’ AC
Alan Colledge

Commenting on the launch of Lithium Battery Recycling Solution, Alan Colledge, Technical Director – Lithium, said: 

“It is an honour to be at the forefront of this new business which will lead the way in providing a sustainable and safe solution for the disposal of lithium-ion batteries. This launch involves working with many household names in vehicle and machinery production, as well as research and development. The automotive industry, along with many other with a reliance on electric power will be highly reliant on services such as ours in the very near future and we are delighted to be providing such a unique and vital service.”

About Lithium Battery Recycling Solutions

Lithium Battery Recycling Solutions is an arm of Cawleys recycling and waste management. Cawleys has vast experience in managing hazardous waste and has now established a full-service solution to every lithium battery recycling need. 

Lithium Battery Recycling Solutions has its own registered experts along with a state-of-the-art lithium recycling workshop and storage facility. Our specialist Lithium Battery Recycling trucks have been commissioned with full safety requirements and our dangerous good transportation licenses ensure we are able to collect used batteries from wherever may be required.

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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.

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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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