*NEWS*UK’s CENTER OF GREEN ACTION

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*NEWS*UK’s CENTER OF GREEN ACTION

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    Centre of green action
    Sutton’s Times Square Shopping Centre has become one of Britain’s first Green Heroes.The award was made by the Green Organisation, an independent international environment group dedicated to recognising, rewarding and promoting environmental best practice around the world.The new accolade comes just six months after Times Square was awarded a Green Apple Environment Award for highlighting the benefits of recycling empty toner and printer cartridges and unwanted mobiles.Its winning entry has now been published in the Green Book, the only global work of reference on environmental best practice, to enable other companies, councils and communities around the world to benefit from the centre’s experience and success.To mark Times Square’s commitment to helping others it has been awarded an inscribed Green Heroes plaque.”Statistics show that out of 30million printer cartridges disposed of each year only five per cent are recycled and that dumped cartridges contribute over 300,000 tonnes of largely non-biodegradable solid waste to landfill sites,” said Times Square’s centre manager Noel Bergmann.”Similarly, millions of mobile phones and their batteries are buried in landfill sites and allowed to corrode, causing toxic chemicals to leak into the soil.”Faced with staggering waste the centre provides a collection point for the toners, cartridges and mobile phones and the money it raises through recycling them is donated to charity.The collection point can be found on the ground floor at Times Square Shopping Centre.