Mill Gate Shopping Centre in Bury, covers a vast 440,000 square feet with separate areas across the site for their waste containers and equipment. This required a flexible waste service provider that would collect waste from all yards several times a week. Being based in the town centre, and next to the renowned Bury Market, makes it the place to shop. With footfall of over 13 million, the quantity of waste is significant.
Carbon Neutral B&M Waste Services were asked to provide recycling containers and segregate as much waste as possible to reduce the shopping centre’s environmental impact, all the while working safely across the seven separate waste yards on site. Each yard accommodates different numbers and types of bins and equipment and has different access requirements, making things logistically more difficult. With over 60 years’ in business, B&M were up for the challenge. B&M are Carbon Neutral ensuring Mill Gate receives the most environmentally friendly waste management service, using the latest recycling methods. Zero waste to landfill is B&M’s ethos, and they process un-recyclable waste into Refuse Derived Fuel (RDF) to generate energy at a combined heat and power plant, rather than going to landfill is critical in their service offering.
Mill Gate Shopping Centre is a multi-use facility based just two miles away from junction 2 of the M66 in Bury. With many shops and patrons comes a large amount of waste, and after moving from the Council, Mill Gate and B&M Waste Services started working together to increase recycling and reduce environmental impact.
Before new services can be implemented B&M first have to conduct a site audit to assess the current service and segregation methods. After suggesting changes, containers for General Waste and Card were installed along with a baler for cardboard in the largest yard. As the size of the yards varies, it is difficult to have separate bins for all recyclates, plus with such a range of clients and shops it’s important to keep segregation simple to encourage and maximise the recycling potential.
For the current service B&M provide collections three times a week. As B&M continue to work with Mill Gate their continuing aim is to reduce the collections and reduce the environmental impact with the introduction of more balers and compactors where appropriate. However, with the limited amount of space in the yards it is difficult to add large equipment such as these. As technology advances, this may however become possible to offer the latest technologies – something B&M Waste pride themselves on. For now, however, the collection will remain at three times a week, and as a Carbon Neutral company all waste collected is recycled. That which cannot be recycled at specific recycling plants is sent to B&M’s own Refused Derived Fuel facility (RDF) in Manchester. The waste is then sent to a power plant where green energy is produced for the local area.
The overall aim was to reduce Mill Gate’s carbon footprint while keeping waste costs low, B&M will continue to work together with Mill Gate to further reduce environmental impact. B&M Waste Services work together with Carbon Footprint Limited to closely monitor their own environmental impact, which has a positive knock on effect to customer they service. B&M have been Carbon Neutral since 2011 and provide Mill Gate
with bespoke environmental reports, so they too can see where their waste is going, how much had been recycled and how much carbon has been saved through diversion from landfill. These reports even show carbon saved in easy to understand terms such as number of trees saved and car miles travelled.
Mill Gate Shopping Centre are currently achieving over 97% in their diversion from landfill levels, this is 130,000kg of Carbon which is equivalent to 111 trees and 39,330 car miles travelled. (See attached Environment report)
Switching to B&M from Bury Council meant there was an immediate reduction in costs for Mill Gate on a like for like service swap. This provided funding for additional waste containers. In the seven yards there are different numbers of containers for card and FEL’s for general waste. Some yards, for example, have restaurants on site, and have additional 1100 litre bins.
Improving recycling requires buy in and education of patrons, staff and cleaners at customer sites. B&M provided comprehensive training and on-site stickers and posters, with helped improve segregation of waste.
Since working together, Mill Gate has achieved fantastic diversion from landfill levels, increasing from 87% in 2014 to 95% in 2015. B&M Waste Services Refuse Derived Fuel facility (RDF) at Trafford Park, Manchester opened in mid-2014. Here, non-recyclable waste is processed and sent to a combined heat and power plant to create green energy, rather than being sent to landfill. RDF emissions are significantly lower than landfill and with a second RDF baler installed in Trafford Park in December 2015, even more waste can be processed. Meaning Mill Gate can expect to see a further increase in their diversion from landfill levels.
Further, Mill Gate Shopping Centre and B&M Waste Services with both awarded the prestigious Green Apple Environment Award for their work together in improving recycling and diversion of waste from landfill.