The Fairhill Shopping Centre in Ballymena has partnered with waste management company, RiverRidge, in order to achieve its overall goal of zero waste to landfill and to extract value from its various waste streams allowing for cost savings associated with efficiencies in recycling.
Today waste management is a fundamental part of Northern Ireland’s commercial and industrial operations.
In most businesses there is a need to reduce an organisation’s carbon footprint and at the same time ensure that recycling is carried out to the highest level.
As part of Every Can Counts campaign, which is supported by Waste and Resources Action Programme (WRAP), the Fairhill Shopping Centre, since October, has recycled over 5,370 drink cans which is making a real difference to the environment.
The energy saved by recycling these cans compared to making new ones can be equated to charging a mobile phone for 14 years or even boiling a kettle 21, 480 times.
Natalie Jackson, Fairhill Shopping Centre Manager, said: “Within the Fairhill Shopping Centre, we are focused on our environmental performance including both reducing and disposing of the waste we create in a sustainable way.
“Each of our eateries who produce waste has a bespoke food waste wheelie bin, which is collected separately and finally composted. Cardboard is recycled, as are aluminum cans and the general waste is now being sorted and recovered as well.
“Working with RiverRidge has meant that we can capitalise on opportunities to develop innovative solutions to improve resource efficiency.
“As a result of RiverRidge’s full suite of waste management services, Fairhill Shopping Centre is fully compliant in relation to waste segregation and waste management and achieving our zero waste to landfill target.”
As the leading independent waste management operation in Northern Ireland RiverRidge offers a broad range of collection, treatment and diversion from landfill solutions.
Pamela Jordan, Business Development Manager of RiverRidge, said: “At RiverRidge, we work with our customers to help reduce their impact on the environment through implementing integrated waste management strategies focused on driving material away from landfill and identifying value in waste.
“RiverRidge has the ability to collect waste directly from 95% of Northern Ireland’s postcodes. Our standard and bespoke treatment solutions ensure waste is fully recycled at one of our three waste recovery facilities.
“As a result, the company is able to divert significant tonnages away from landfill through a variety of customer focused diversion solutions.
“The company’s commitment to landfill diversion is supported by its multi-site treatment infrastructure, as well as its Belfast based Energy from Waste facility.”
Fairhill’s Natalie Jackson added: “Our mission is to work innovatively and efficiently taking a collaborative approach with RiverRidge to demonstrate the Centre’s long term commitment to increased recycling and waste reduction, in a sustained pledge to protect our environment. ”