St Enoch Centre, one the top shopping centres outside of London, was chosen as the first site in Glasgow to have the facility. It joins the Thistles shopping centre in Stirling and the University of the West of Scotland to spearhead the initiative aimed at helping to reduce Scotland’s carbon emissions and increase public awareness of recycling.
Last year shoppers bought 74,000 bottles and cans out of the 14 vending machines around the centre and St Enoch general manager Susan Nichol is expecting that figure to increase as the mall expands as part of its £100m redevelopment. She said: “If every one of those bottles and cans were deposited at the Recycle Zone, not only would it divert almost two tonnes of waste from landfill each year, it would also achieve a carbon saving of almost eight tonnes.”
Scottish Environment Secretary Richard Lochhead is responsible for the country’s government effort towards becoming a Zero Waste society and hopes the new initiative will help to make Glasgow a ‘cleaner and greener city’. He said: “The Scottish Government has dedicated targets to reduce the nation’s waste to landfill and this new initiative to recycle on the go really adds to our Zero Waste vision. We recycle at home, at work and now we have the facilities to recycle while out and about.”
The Recycle Zone scheme is a partnership between Coca Cola Enterprises, Recoup and the Waste & Resources Action Programme. There are now 40 Recycle Zones across the UK. The partnership has a target total of 80 zones by 2011.
WRAP director for Scotland Iain Guilland said: “We hope to see many other major public facilities in Scotland following suit.”