Lakeside Village Shoppers urged to focus on recycling

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Doncaster’s Lakeside Village shopping outlet is encouraging customers to focus on recycling this summer as part of its 2021 environmental pledges.

At the start of the year, the management team at the centre pledged to increase the overall Lakeside recycling rate to 80%, offer recycling opportunities to customers for clothes, coffee cups, batteries, and printer cartridges and arrange quarterly litter picks with local businesses – the first took place in April.

Lyndsey Parry, deputy centre manager at Lakeside Village said: “Before the pandemic forced retail closures, recycling at the centre stood at 77 percent and we are working to improve this figure during 2021.

“We are proud of our achievements in this area and believe that we all have a responsibility for the environment and working together we can reduce our waste and our impact on our local surroundings. The opportunity to recycle at the centre is growing and is being reviewed regularly.

“The Lakeside Village recycling centre, located in the indoor Guest Service area, is a place where customers can recycle, plastic bottles, household batteries, PPE (disposable face masks, plastic gloves, visors and face screens, earplugs and plastic overalls and clothing covers) and inkjet toner and cartridges.

“Our customers can recycle their old clothes in a number of ways. They can Bag it for Bluebell – a monthly collection takes place for Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice and helps to raise thousands of pounds each year. There is also a clothing unit. Next Best Clothing Ltd, located in the car park that accepts unwanted clothes, shoes, accessories and household items – customers are paid 50p per tonne.

“Costa and Greggs offer free water refills if customers bring in their own bottles, and Costa is also selling re-usable lids for their cups. Stores including The works, ProCook, Cook N Dine, Next, Hallmark, Clintons, Trespass, Mountain Warehouse, Tog 24, all sell refillable water bottles.

“Our Body Shop Outlet store offers refills for their hand washes and have a lot of new packaging for their products which are made from recyclable plastic and glass.

The onsite Next Outlet offers an electronic waste collection service, for customers ordering via click and collect if they request at the time of ordering.

“We have recently added a recycling monster bin in the outdoor play area to encourage children to recycle plastic bottles and cans.

“There is always more to do and the reason we made our pledges at the start of the year was to hold ourselves accountable for making a difference. Our next litter pick will take place in August, and we are always interested in hearing from customers with suggestions for other items we could help with recycling.”

The centre management and cleaning operative team work hard with the retailers and food outlets to make sure that any waste that can be recycled is. Any food waste is recycled and sent off to be turned into renewable energy and nutrient-rich bio-fertiliser for local farmers. The onsite Gregg’s donates leftover food to a local homeless shelter every week. Cardboard, soft and hard plastic, paper and glass are all processed and sent off for recycling regularly.

For further information visit www.lakeside-village.co.uk

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