Cawleys has been awarded the recycling and waste management contract for London Luton Airport (LLA).
The win coincides with the hoped-for revival of international travel after the Covid-19 pandemic lockdown travel ban for all but essential journeys.
Luton-based Cawleys runs its own materials Recycling Facility (MRF). Use of the MRF will ensure that all general waste generated by the airport will be sorted and segregated to extract as many recyclables as possible. Any residual, non-recyclable, waste will be converted into refuse-derived fuel by one of the firm’s waste-to-energy partners.
Cawleys said that other factors leading to its appointment included its “long-standing local heritage, its outstanding customer service levels, its proximity to the airport (allowing for carbon mile reduction), its in-house engineering team and its guaranteed same-day SLAs on equipment repair and maintenance”.
Cawleys will manage all aspects of recycling and waste at the airport, including on-site staff and all hazardous waste – landside and airside. Recycling operations will include mixed recycling and baled cardboard, all of which will be collected by segregated bins in the passenger and staff localities. The company will also operate food and glass recycling collections as soon as indoor hospitality reopens later this month. It will also work with the airport team to implement a cup recycling scheme to ensure that throw-away cups can be recaptured for recycling.
Phil Gudgeon, Cawleys’ managing director, said: “We are a homegrown Luton-based business and it pays huge credit to our service and team that the airport has chosen us above our corporate competitors. As international travel begins to return over the coming months it is great that the airport recognises the role businesses like ours can play in helping them reach their environmental targets. Now is a great time to look forward and I hope this news will inspire other local businesses to work together in unison for the best of our community and the wider environment.”
David Vazquez, the airport’s head of sustainability, added: “Taking care of the environment and the local community are two key pillars of our Responsible Business Strategy, so it’s great to be working with a local company on such an important contract. ”
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