Shopping Centers Today International

DEC 2015

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deodorants and other short-term solu- tions before turning to composting. The farmers market worked with Kitchen Harvest, a compost collector that dis- tributes its by-products to nearby farms, to arrange for pickup of the food scraps four times a week from bins placed at the back of the complex. Annual cost: $8,000. The move saved on tenant com- mon-area fees as well, since stepped-up peak-season trash collections were no longer necessary. This model is atypi- cal for Kimco, but it can work at other shopping centers, says Teichman. Canada-based Oxford Properties has launched two green food courts — at Square One shopping center, in Mississauga, Ontario, and at Yorkdale mall, in Toronto. Those now use nondis- posable dinnerware and silverware, keep- ing some 10 million Styrofoam plates and plastic cups and cutlery out of land- fills annually, the company says. Patrons return their food trays to stations where staffers sort the waste; there are no gar- bage bins in the court. Oxford conducts annual waste audits at its retail facilities. At Trinity Leeds shopping center, in Leeds, England, management has challenged its 120 tenants to imple- ment waste-treatment best practices by separating refuse into color-coded waste streams for food, packing materials and general waste. Food waste is channeled through a process called anaerobic di- gestion, which turns its gas emissions into electricity, according to center man- ager Dave Downes. The mall's goal is a recycling rate of over 95 percent. But it is the Flanders region of Bel- gium, population 6.2 million, that is considered the vanguard of waste man- agement in Europe, boasting the Conti- nent's highest waste-diversion rate — and 337 separate recycling parks. Developers of retail projects that generate a certain amount of debris must present a decon- struction plan before building, and they are solely responsible for dealing with their construction and demolition waste, about 90 percent of which gets recycled. "Retailers and shopping centers are taking more-formalized and active ap- proaches to waste management that are yielding better results," said Julia Raish, a manager and retail leader in the Seattle office of Paladino and Co., a green-build- ing and sustainability consulting firm. "Entities are also realizing that you can't just go grab someone else's platform and slap it on your own," she said. "Each organization is unique." Companies are also updating procurement policies to help stem the flow of excess or non- recyclable plastics such as garment bags, according to Raish. More retailers and developers are sharing best practices on waste and recycling programs at industry gatherings, she says. One of the next big thrusts of the ICSC Property Efficiency Scorecard, which allows companies to benchmark energy and water use against peers, will involve waste and recycling. Some of the large national big- box tenants, including Walmart and Target, have started to take waste-dis- posal matters into their own hands, instituting their own programs. Trucks that arrive full of merchandise from distribution centers are often back- filled with plastic and other recyclables for the return journey. Back at the distribution center, the materials are consolidated and resold for a profit. The Flanders region of Belgium is considered the vanguard of waste management in Europe, boasting the Continent's highest diversion rate. 100 S C T / D e c e m b e r 2 0 1 5

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