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Bromley shopping centre wins award for environmental efforts

PUBLISHED: 17:14 30 November 2018 | UPDATED: 17:14 30 November 2018

Mark Haynes, director of The Glades, right, with Mark Hodge, guest service manager and Heather Dixon, cleaning supervisor at the shopping centre, being presented with the Green Apple Award for Environmental Best Practice 2018. Picture: The Glades

Mark Haynes, director of The Glades, right, with Mark Hodge, guest service manager and Heather Dixon, cleaning supervisor at the shopping centre, being presented with the Green Apple Award for Environmental Best Practice 2018. Picture: The Glades

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The team at The Glades Shopping Centre is celebrating another award win after the retail and dining hotspot received a prestigious ‘Silver’ Green Apple Award for Environmental Best Practice 2018.

Earlier this spring, The Glades launched its sustainability project ‘Saying No to Single-Use Plastic’ in a bid to raise awareness among its customers and retailers about the negative environmental effects.

To open the conversation about plastic consumption and disposal, the team at the Bromley shopping centre displayed all the bottles, food packaging and coffee cups thrown away each day in the centre in a large, glass container in a prominent position on the mall.

Shoppers were invited to the add their own single-use plastic to it, which created a powerful visual statement that allowed visitors to watch the waste building up.

To incentivise the scheme and show its support of the global Earth Day initiative, The Glades gave away 2,000 reusable aluminium bottles to encourage shoppers to replace their plastic bottles with an environmentally-friendly alternative.

Every café and restaurant at the shopping centre also pledged its commitment to the cause by signing up to the centre’s free, water refill scheme.

Over the course of the four-week campaign, more than 400kg of plastic was collected.

It also prompted The Glades’ environmental team to be much more diligent when separating waste, resulting in a 3pc month-on-month increase in plastic recycling.

The centre’s branches of YO! Sushi, Wagamama and McDonald’s all banned the use of plastic straws due to unnecessary monetary and potentially harmful environmental costs.

The Green Apple Environment Awards recognise, reward and promote the very best in environmental practice around the world.

Members of the shopping team were invited to the Houses of Parliament to receive the award.

Mark Haynes, director of The Glades, said: “I’m extremely proud of what has been achieved by The Glades with this brilliant, thought-provoking campaign.

“Receiving this wonderful Green Apple Environment Award is testament to the team’s determination to ensure the space we occupy in the world has a brighter, sustainable future.

“Saying no to Single-Use Plastic really opened up a public discussion in Bromley and I’m delighted that it has sparked behavioural changes within the centre and throughout the wider community.”

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