Mill Gate’s recycling heroes hit zero
Mill Gate shopping centre reached an impressive environmental goal by sending zero waste to landfill in both 2017 and 2018.
The shopping centre has worked with its waste management supplier B&M Waste Services in Trafford Park since 2015 to reduce the amount of non-recyclable waste going to landfill.
In 2017 there was over 715 tonnes of waste produced and 743 tonnes in 2018, none of which has gone to landfill.
Mill Gate’s team works hard on site to separate waste into recyclable and non-recyclable, with retailers given containers to separate types of waste. It is then taken to B&M Waste Services and hand sorted, removing all recyclables such as cardboard, wood and metals.
Non-recyclable rubbish is pressed into bales and taken to the Combined Heat and Power facility where energy is harvested from the residual waste to produce electricity and steam for thermal heating via the district heating system.
The Mill Gate team keeps retailers abreast of the Centre’s environmental achievements, with a quarterly report to let them know the percentages of waste that have been recycled, recovered and converted into refuse derived fuel.
Mill Gate centre manager Marie Gribben said: “We are extremely proud to have achieved zero to landfill for two consecutive years. Achieving this goal is down to the hard work and dedication of our team and our retailers. We will continue to work hard in 2019 to make it another zero to landfill year.”
Paul Newton, corporate account Manager at B&M Waste Services, said “It is the forward-thinking approach of Mill Gate shopping centre management and staff which has led to them segregating their recycling from their general waste.
“Year on year they’ve increased their recycling levels and they’ve now achieved 100 per cent diversion of waste from landfill in two consecutive years, through using our Carbon Neutral waste management service. They won a prestigious ‘Gold’ Green Apple award for the recycling efforts in 2017 and we continue to work together to review and improve their waste and recycling scheme. Congratulations to Mill Gate.”