OCS and Land Securities have been named Wales Green Champion at The Green Apple Awards 2013 for their work at St David’s shopping centre in Cardiff.
Run by The Green Organisation, The Green Apple Awards are presented annually to companies, councils and communities carrying out projects in Great Britain that enhance the environment. The prestigious Green Apple Awards ceremony was held at the House of Commons earlier this month.
At St David’s, OCS is contracted by Land Securities, the centre manager, to provide cleaning, waste handling, security and customer reception services.
The winning project began in April 2012 when OCS and Land Securities set about reducing the environmental impact of Land Securities’ entire retail portfolio. The goal was to divert 100 per cent of waste collected from the retail outlets away from landfill.
A materials recycling facility (MRF) was built in the basement of St David’s, which is operated by OCS and enables recyclable materials, collected from the shops and restaurants, to be sorted into different types using a mixture of manual and automated methods. Quality recyclables are then sent to reprocessers and manufacturers who use them to create new products.
To date, the project at St David’s has diverted 1,673 tonnes of waste from landfill, significantly enhancing the centre’s reputation, and making a significant contribution towards achieving the county’s ambitious recycling targets. In addition OCS has recruited staff from the local community to operate the MRF.