Shopping Centers Today

OCT 2018

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16 S C T / O C T O B E R 2 0 1 8 T H E C O M M O N A R E A S U S TA I N A B I LI T Y T esco claims it was the first retailer to ban plastic bags in favor of alternatives that are better for the envi- ronment. Now the U.K. hypermarket chain has even found a new way to recycle the bags. Tesco has resurfaced the parking lot at its store in Dum- fries, England, with the equivalent weight of 225,000 plastic shopping bags, saving upwards of 900 kilograms of plastic IURPJRLQJWRODQG¿OOVDQGUHGXFLQJWKHSURSHUW\¶VFDUERQ footprint by roughly a ton. Adding the bags did not alter the asphalt manufacturing in terms of mixture time, temperatures or quality control, nor did the asphalt-laying contractor require any additional machinery, labor or time, according to Toby McCartney, DVSRNHVPDQIRU0DF5HEXUZKLFKGLGWKHZRUN³:H¶UH able to take the waste plastics that are otherwise destined IRUODQG¿OODQGDGGWKHPLQWRDQDVSKDOWPL[WRFUHDWHD stronger, longer-lasting, pothole-free road surface." 7KLV LVDOOSDUWRI7HVFR¶VTXHVWWRUHXVHZDVWHSODVWLFV reduce carbon and promote sustainability, according to Kene Umeasiegbu, who heads the Tesco environmental initiatives. "We are working hard to reduce plastics and reuse and recycle wherever possible," Umeasiegbu said. "Reusing waste plastics in this way is another example of how Tesco is innovating in the war against waste." Q Turning plastic bags into pavement Tesco turns bags into blacktop

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