The Spinning Gate Shopping Centre in Leigh is celebrating diverting 100% of its waste away from landfill throughout 2017. The centre and its retailers produced over 107,000kg of waste during the year and as a result of the recycling processes in place, are proud to announce they have saved the equivalent of 70 trees and over 30,000 car miles during the past year!
B&M Waste Services have provided a total waste management solution at Spinning Gate since 2009. B&M Waste Services and Spinning Gate Shopping Centre have worked in partnership to deliver a bespoke service to increase recycling levels and eliminate waste to landfill, and they are now celebrating reaching this milestone.
The Shopping Centre processes its own waste, from the centres internal bins on the mall used by shoppers, along with waste from the centres retailers. An on-site compactor is used for general waste to ensure collections are only carried out when necessary. This minimises transport costs and carbon emissions, and the shopping centre only pays for the actual quantity of waste that is generated. The centre’s waste operatives then separate cardboard from the general waste which are then processed at B&M Waste Services recycling plant.
Prior to implementation of the new waste service, the centre was using large open containers to store waste and these were often being broken into and required frequent, costly collections. Now the waste is avoiding landfill and the centre benefits from a Carbon Neutral waste management strategy.
Karen Cox, Centre Manager of Spinning Gate said: “What an achievement, to ensure non of the waste produced from the centre goes to landfill and is 100% recycled or recovered is testament to the centre team, its retail partners and of course our waste partner B&M Waste Services. Spinning Gate Shopping Centre is fully committed to our environmental pledge, recycling initiatives and help driving awareness on the benefits recycling provides.”
Jayne Kennedy, B&M Waste Services Marketing Manager said: “Working in partnership with Spinning Gate Shopping Centre has been fantastic; they are truly committed to improving their environmental performance. We’re now planning some other activities together such as a joint litter pick with a local school and some tree planting as part of our Carbon Neutral commitment.”