The Pledge:

Worldwide, over 400 million tonnes of metal is recycled each year. Virtually all metals can be recycled into high quality new metal and doing so protects the environment and saves energy. 

Using scrap metal, also known as secondary raw materials, means less use of precious natural resources which would be needed to make new metal compounds. 

Metal recycling also supplies a major worldwide industry, despite an economic slowdown and decline in the steel industry, manufacturing of metals continues contribute significant value to the UK economy. 

Last year, 10 million tonnes of metal was recycled in the UK. As the UK produces considerably more scrap than is required for domestic markets, 90 percent was exported worldwide. In fact, the UK is one of the five largest metal scrap exporting countries in the world.


We can all make a big impact with small easy actions

DID YOU KNOW? EU figures indicate that using recycled raw materials, including metals, cut CO2 emissions by 200 million tonnes each year.

Let’s get started

  1. Make your pledge to recycle your electrical waste.

  2. Spread the word on social media.

  3. Download the resource pack to make a big impact in your organisation.

By signing up this month to pledge TO recycle your METAL waste, you can lead the charge in making a difference.



Of course you can! One of the main reasons for you to recycle your metal is so you can help preserve resources. Even the tiniest actions matter and working together now will help shape a positive change for the future.

Metal Waste FACTS

  • The average household uses 600 food cans and 380 drinks cans each year – each one is 100% recyclable, over and over again into any type of metal product: from a paper clip to a car engine component, an iron to a washing machine – or another food or drinks can. Recycling 1 can saves enough energy to power a computer for one house or power a television for 3 hours

  • 580 Million aerosols are used in the UK every year – over half are used for ‘personal care’

  • 60% of copper produced since the 1900s is still in use.

  • In a landfill, aluminum and tin cans will stick around for decades. It can take as long as 50 years for a steel food can to decompose, and as long as 200 years for aluminum to break down. This isn’t as long as plastic bags or diapers, but it’s still quite a long time!

  • Recycling a tonne of steel saves 1.5 tonnes of iron ore and reduces CO2 emissions by 80%, compared to making the metal from raw materials.

  • Britain uses over 425,000 miles of household foil every year - that'll take you around the world 17 times!

  • Recycling seven cans saves enough energy to power a 60-watt light bulb for 26 hours.


Let’s be a part of the solution to help reduce our metal waste

  • Make your pledge to recycle

  • Spread the word on social media

  • Download the resource pack to make a big impact in your organisation

  • Encourage friends, family and colleagues to sign up to #SmallActionBigImpact




Whether your business is national, local, multi-site or a single unit, it will produce waste.

From food and paper, to metal, plastics and even hazardous waste, your business will need to dispose of these items in a timely, cost efficient and compliant manner.

At Cawleys we have the expertise to handle all your collection, disposal and recycling requirements, whatever type or quantity of waste it may involve.

Our clients include an array of industries including retail, engineering, construction, education, pharmaceutical and many more. With staff satisfaction as our priority, the services we offer not only help our clients save money, they also ensure each waste stream is treated as a resource, delivering sustainable solutions using innovative waste recovery and reprocessing technology.

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Share your progress using #smallactionbigimpact to let us know how you get on!


You’ll hit Global Goals too

In 2015, world leaders made a list of 17 Sustainable Development Goals for a better world by 2030. By joining #SmallActionBigImpact you’re contributing towards making these goals a reality. 

When you pledge to recycle it all, you’re contributing to these goals:

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12.2: By 2030, achieve the sustainable management and efficient use of natural resources

12.5: By 2030, substantially reduce waste generation through prevention, reduction, recycling and reuse

12.8: By 2030, ensure that people everywhere have the relevant information and awareness for sustainable development and lifestyles in harmony with nature

13.3: Improve education, awareness-raising and human and institutional capacity on climate change mitigation, adaptation, impact reduction and early warning