SAVING more than £60,000 through an innovative waste management project has led to Gunwharf Quays being chosen as an official International Green World Ambassador.
The centre received the title at this year’s Green Apple Environment Awards in London.
Its waste management project was launched in 2014 and is designed to increase the centre’s volume of recycling through educating stores, creating a monthly ‘Waste Champion’ and ensuring the centre has the correct resources for recyclable waste collection.
Gunwharf Quays set a target of 70 per cent of its waste to be recycled, which the centre has met in just two years.
As a result of this saving, it no longer sends any waste to landfill and has saved more than £60,000.
The award judges said: ‘Large shopping centres such as Gunwharf Quays present huge amounts of sometimes tricky waste with which to deal. Gunwharf Quays wanted to find a more positive approach and have continually fine-tuned their treatment to yield 75 per cent reuse and recycling, and zero to landfill. Having saved more than £60,000 already they look to improve even more going forward.’
Colin Wilding, general manager at Gunwharf Quays, said: ‘Contributing to the enhancement of the environment is absolutely crucial and we are passionate about sustainability. We are committed to finding the most efficient, innovative and environmentally friendly methods to manage the centre’s waste.
‘Our project reaches far wider than the centre, it underpins Land Securities’ belief and dedication to improving the environment across the country.
‘We’re honoured to be chosen as a Green World Ambassador; it marks the hard work of not only the team who created the project, but also our stores and customers who have all fully invested in the waste-saving initiatives.’
Details on the project will be published in The Green Book, which is distributed by The Green Organisation.