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Brentwood's Baytree Shopping Centre wins top industry award for 60% rise in recycling

PUBLISHED: 15:49 29 August 2019 | UPDATED: 15:49 29 August 2019

The Baytree Shopping Centre. Picture: Ken Mears

The Baytree Shopping Centre. Picture: Ken Mears

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Brentwood's Baytree Shopping Centre is delighted to announce winning an award for its waste management efforts, including a 60 per cent boost to recycling.

The Green Apple Awards, run by The Green Organisation, an environment group dedicated to recognising, rewarding and promoting environmental best practice around the world, awarded the shopping centre the award as a result of its efforts to embark on a greener scheme last year.

In late 2018, managing agent Savills introduced a service standard for waste with a minimum target of 50pc of waste to be recycled by the end of 2019.

The Baytree Centre sought an external partner in a bid to ensure this was a reality and appointed a partner, Futur First, due to its track record of zero waste being sent to landfill.

Mr Foley then introduced a staff initiative where talks were conducted with the team to ensure everyone was onboard to achieve the green goals, thus demonstrating his commitment to improving environmental performance.

Working with Futur First, who provided the centre with separate bins for cardboard, WEE, glass and mixed recycling, it then asked its retailers to swap black bags for clear ones and paid for these as part as the service charge.

This allowed the cleaning team to identify any material that had been wrongly placed in either the waste or recycling bin.

The trial ran from March - May 2019 and it was agreed that after this, a report would be sent to stores' head offices outlining each store's performance and, where applicable, additional costs.

For those stores that were independent the report would be sent to the lease holder.

To be more sustainable, rain water was also used to help with watering plants and vegetables, reducing water waste.

In a bid to keep electrical sourcing low, the centre has also completed a LED lighting upgrade around the site, with a next phase planned to fully implement motion sensors around the service yards and corridors to reduce consumption further.

Furthermore, the centre no longer uses chemicals to clean the mall floor.

Instead hot jet washing reduces the products needed to clean items such as chewing gum.

Achievements so far include recycling efforts increasing from 0.28pc for 2018 to 60.62pc to date in 2019 and overall waste is predicted to reduce form 55.14 tonnes to 45.98 from items being taken out of the waste stream and donated to charities.

Shopping centre manager Daniel Foley said: "We're delighted to have been recognised and given a prestigious Green Apple Award.

"It shows our commitment to both the environment and our local community. However, we will not rest on our laurels.

"We are always thinking about, and implementing, new sustainable ways with an aim to cutting more waste."

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