Meadowhall is 'green' winner

Sheffield's Meadowhall Shopping Centre could be one of the organisations chosen to represent the UK at the European Business Awards for the Environment.

Tuesday, 25th September 2007, 11:11 am
Updated Tuesday, 25th September 2007, 11:35 am

The Centre is among the major winners in the Green Apple Environment Awards, whose victors are considered for the European Awards.

Meadowhall’s initiative for recycling shop fitting waste secured its coveted Green Apple award. Peter Bellhouse, head of design and development at Meadowhall says there can be as many as 50 shop fittings a year at Meadowhall.

“As you can appreciate this has the potential to generate a substantial amount of waste and we recognised that it presented a huge recycling opportunity,” said Mr Bellhouse. “We introduced a recycling scheme for the shopfit waste in July 2006 and now 73 per cent of all that waste is recycled. A site management approach has been adopted to ensure that the process of collecting the materials is controlled, safe and minimises costs.”

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Mr Bellhouse and his team will be presented with their Green Apple Award at the House of Commons later this year, when the organisaations representing the UK at the European Business Awards for the Environment in the Brussels will also be announced.

The Green Apple Awards are now in their fourteenth year and attracted more than 500 nominations this year.

They are organised by The Green Organisation, an independent, non-political, non-activist, non-profit environment group dedicated to recognising, rewarding and promoting environmental best practice around the world.