thecentre:mk Wins Green Apple Award

Published: Wednesday, 04 December, 2013
thecentre:mk won a prestigious Green Apple Award for its waste management work. The submission from waste management specialists Europa on behalf of thecentre:mk won Gold in the service industries category. The team received the internationally renowned eco award at a special ceremony at the House of Commons earlier this month (Monday 11th November).
The judges heard how 100 per cent of waste at thecentre:mk is reused, recycled or recovered.
New systems brought in by Europa means that both tenants and mall waste is checked for recyclable materials like cardboard, glass and drinks cans. As a result an extra 51 tonnes of recyclable material is now recovered annually.
More waste is now dealt with on site which means fewer lorries on the roads which reduces pollution and congestion around the centre.
The team at thecentre:mk work with tenants and food suppliers to reduce waste by moving away from cardboard packaging to reusable plastic delivery boxes.
Other eco-friendly schemes include reusing old fixtures and fittings within local charity shops.  
Food waste is kept to a minimum with the centre using a specialist biological system to prevent fat blockages and potential pipe bursts.
thecentre:mk uses smart meters to monitor energy usage; rainwater harvesting and hippo blocks to reduce flush volumes in our toilets plus many other environmentally friendly innovations.
The Green Apple Awards were launched in 1994 and now recognise outstanding work by businesses, local authorities, communities and countries to improve the environment.   
Brad Curcillo, operations manager for thecentre:mk said: “To win Gold at the Green Apple Awards is testament to the hard work we've undertaken helping the environment. We take the waste management at the centre extremely seriously and the judges clearly recognised that. As a result of our work 100 per cent of our waste is reused, recycled or recovered.”
For further information about thecentre:mk or to interview our spokespeople, please contact Helen Powell on 07768613291.

Notes to Editors
thecentre:mk is a regional shopping centre situated in the heart of Milton Keynes. With over 170 stores and over 1,000 brands, cafes and restaurants all under one roof, it is anchored by John Lewis, House of Fraser, Marks & Spencer and Next.

As the premier shopping destination in the region between London and Birmingham, Cambridge and Oxford, thecentre:mk enjoys around 24 million visits every year and is unrivalled in its customer service.

Included in the overall proposition are civic spaces and events venues; City Square, Queens Court and Middleton Hall which offer a varied programme of free events throughout the year, including fashion shows, motor shows, summer beach and the award winning Christmas display.