What is Recycle Week?
Recycle Week is an annual initiative established by the Waste and Resource Action Programme (WRAP) under the Recycle Now brand. Each year Recycle Week is progressively becoming more a celebration of recycling and encouraging everyone to make a change
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Recycle Week asks people to recycle more and recycle better through rinsing, crushing, sorting and separating. This year they want to thank the nation for continuing to recycle despite the challenges that COVID-19 has presented, under the banner ‘Together – We Recycle’.
It’s important we thank the key workers who enabled us to continue recycling and encourage positive change in the world around us. Our recycling and waste key workers have heroically carried on collecting while the world slowed down around them.
At The Mall we are committed to working to reduce wherever possible the amount of waste we generate from within our operations. Within our first quarter of 2020 (January – March) we saved the equivalent of:
- an average household annual emission in CO2
- enough energy to power a mid-income home for one year
- an average household’s annual water needs
- 1040 acres of tropical forest at average tree density saved
When planning for an event we are always conscious of our potential environmental impact. For this reason, we endeavour to obtain reusable materials, tactically plan logistics to reduce deliveries and subsequently reduce carbon footprint. A leading example would be The Mall’s Summer Beach 2019. Once the event was complete, the breakdown of the site took place and over 95% of the infrastructure was reused, recycled or donated:
- Sand was donated to local schools and community groups, such as Bristol Children’s Playhouse for children with SEN, Brentry and Henbury Children’s Centre, and some also went to a local riding school to create a ‘horse beach!’
- The former splash deck was used to clad the chiller walls and build our ballasts for the tipi bar, for our Winter Wonderland event
- Steel drum bins reused in the Winter Wonderland
- Railway sleepers/boardwalk/perimeter posts were repurposed to make the bar structure and bench seats inside the tipi tent, as well as boxing to cover the kerbs and plant Christmas trees in!
- Rope perimeter barrier reworked into queue barriers for the Winter Wonderland
- Pagodas had their straw roofs removed and were covered in ‘snow’ and featured as covered seating areas at the Winter Wonderland. The benches were also constructed from left over railway sleepers from the boardwalk decking.
- Cabins resprayed and reused as catering cabins within the Winter Wonderland
- Beach plants replanted around the Mall grounds
The water used was treated and recycled throughout the duration of the event
Our coffee grinds initiative
At the start of 2020 we launched a new eco-friendly initiative. Cafes and restaurants within the centre are providing used coffee grounds for customers to use for their garden. This diverts the grinds from landfill and contributes to lowering carbon footprint form vehicles taking the grounds off site.
Coffee grounds are excellent for your garden, they can be used as a fertiliser, be fed to worms, keep pests away and can be used in compost bins. They’re also great for acid loving plants such as hydrangeas, rhododendrons, azaleas, lily of the valley, blueberries, carrots, and radishes as these plants can see a boost in growth from using fresh coffee grounds. The dispenser is located at the lower level of The Mall and customers can also pick up a compostable bag to take the grounds away with them.
Apple - Apple Recycling Programmes
Trade in your eligible device for credit towards your next purchase or get an Apple Store Gift Card you can use anytime. If your device isn’t eligible for credit, they’ll recycle it for free. No matter the model or condition, we can turn it into something good for you and good for the planet.
H&M - Garment Collecting
Bring your old clothes to the H&M check out, regardless of their condition, and receive a £5 voucher off your next £30 shop.
You can also buy sustainable style in H&M with their Conscious Exclusive collection. Look out for the green hangtags in-store which mark Conscious collection items.
So, what do we count as Conscious? To qualify for a green hangtag, a product must contain at least 50% sustainable materials, such as organic cotton and recycled polyester — but many of their garments contain more than that. The only exception is recycled cotton, which can only make up 20% of a product due to quality restraints. H&M are, however, working with innovations to increase this share as soon as possible.
By choosing Conscious products, you help H&M make the fashion industry more sustainable!
John Lewis & Partners - BeautyCycle
Every time a customer takes five empty make-up or skincare beauty products from any brand to a John Lewis Beauty Department, they will be given £5 off any beauty product they buy that day. To take advantage of this customers need to be a ‘my John Lewis’ member. Customers who aren’t already a member can sign up for free on the day.
Lush - Recycling our plastic bottles, bottle caps and black pots
How to recycle your black and clear plastic pots:
1. Give your pots a good wash when you’ve finished the product inside. (Get ‘em squeaky clean, please!)
2. When you’ve collected five, take them to your local Lush store so we can send them off to the Green Hub in Poole.
3. Receive a complimentary fresh face mask (https://uk.lush.com/products/face-masks) as a thank you.
How to recycle your plastic bottle tops
1. Remove any additional packaging attached to bottle top.
2. Rinse ‘em out.
3. Bring them into your local shop and we will send them to the Green Hub to be recycled for you.
M&S - Shwapping
Shwopping is about bringing any unwanted items of clothing into an M&S store. You can put your unwanted items into a ‘Shwop Drop’ box (you’ll find these by the tills in most M&S stores).
All clothing goes to our partners Oxfam and they'll either resell it in one of their shops or on the Oxfam Online Shop, sell it to be reused in different countries around the world, or recycle the fibres to make new material.
Pret - Reusable cup discount
You can recycle any paper coffee cup in all of their UK shops, but to help reduce single-use packaging Pret give customers a 50p discount if they have a reusable cup. They also sell our very own reusable (again and again and again) cup to last you years and years.
Due to current circumstances Pret will not accept the cup but will honour the discount if you show it.
Schuh - Sell Your Soles
You can now recycle any unwanted footwear in schuh stores and in return you will receive a £5* voucher to redeem on a new pair at schuh.
Recyclatex ensure approximately 98% of all donations are recycled. Not only that, but for every tonne of footwear donated, Recyclatex will donate a sum of money to schuh, which they will then pass on to their chosen sustainable charity; World Land Trust.
Starbucks - Get Recycling! And Get Rewarded.
Starbucks reward their customers who get into the recycling habit with a discount on every drink bought. Every single time you bring in your own tumbler or cup, you'll get a 25p discount on your drink.
Plus, they also sell a £1 reusable cup, as well as a range of stylish tumblers in our stores.