Clyde Shopping Centre helps to make shopping Greener!

Clyde Shopping Centre has recently taken delivery of the unit which will help us meet their Zero Waste Scotland requirements. Our aim is to process all the food retail outlets left over  food waste through the system.

At only 15 minutes drive from Glasgow City Centre and with several million visitors per year the 2013 Green Apple Gold Award winners are keen to deal with their food waste as sustainably as possible. With the delivery of the Tidy Planet Rocket Clyde’s customers will now be doing their bit to make the planet a greener place without even knowing it!

Clyde Shopping Centre is already winners of the Bronze Standard for recycling in the “Green Apple Awards” sought new and improved methods of increasing their already high environmental aspirations.

We having already reduced its carbon footprint by 29% recently by active management programmes, is to start the implementation of rainwater harvesting and water management systems at the centre. Recycling rates are high with a dedicated Recycling Bank on site.

Problem

With eleven different eateries on site at the Clyde Shopping Centre, including famous names, McDonalds, Costa, Subway and Domino’s Pizza and with footfall to the centre so high with its city centre proximity, there’s no doubt there’s a good mix of wastes but a lot of it too.

Solution

To deal with these wastes Clyde Shopping Centre opted for an onsite vessel composting systems. Combined with a purchase of a wood chipper for dealing with wooden pallets, the shopping centre can now not only recycle its food left overs, but some of the wooden pallets as well.

Since the installation of the Rocket Composter the shopping centre has now managed to increase overall recycling rates to 96% and has won a Golden Award in the Green Apple Environmental Awards for its continued environmental performance increases.

Andrew Forrester, from Clyde Shopping Centre commented, “The rocket was the next step in our recycling strategy to enable us to have a sustainable, self-sufficient recycling system. As well as complying with new legislations coming into force and the financial benefits, the rocket allows us full control of the waste collection ensuring a well-organized operation. In addition it also fits in with our CSR Policy, the end result being the compost produced which is then used on the landscaped in and around the Centre, our recycling systems has become more attractive with the local schools to come along and see the processes when doing projects on the environmental/recycling issues.”

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