Following a successful launch in 2018, the Merrion Centre in Leeds Arena Quarter has once again announced its “Merrion Centre Goes Green” initiative running Monday, October 7 to Friday, October 11.
Under the themes of ‘Reduce’, ‘Reuse’, ‘Recycle’, ‘Rejuvenate’, ‘Renew’, ‘Merrion Goes Green’ week cements and celebrates the Merrion Centre and owners Town Centre Securities’ (TCS) commitment to sustainability.
Each day will be dedicated to promoting different ways shoppers can experience a ‘greener’ life, be mindful of their own health and wellbeing and show how some of the venues across the centre can assist in lowering waste and reduce individuals carbon footprint.
One hundred per cent of Merrion Centre’s waste is diverted from landfill via recycling or an energy recovery facility through its existing partnership with Forge recycling.
It also builds on the ongoing success of its sister company and parking operator, CitiPark (also owned by Town Centre Securities), who following last year’s pioneering trial is introducing an exciting new initiative whereby customers can pay for parking with plastic bags, with each bag equating to 5p against the price of parking.
The Merrion Centre will also be delivering some top tips to shoppers for going ‘greener’ throughout the week, combined with a week of educational and inspiring activity in the Merrion Goes Green Garden on the main mall, including:
Monday, October 7 The British Heart Foundation and St Gemma’s charity shops at the Merrion Centre both rely on donations of clothing, books, ornaments and other miscellaneous items. With vintage being bang on trend, bring your unwanted items to be reused at the donation point as part of our Merrion Goes Green week!?
Tuesday, October 8 If you’re looking for a great-value gym in the centre of Leeds with all the latest kit you need to achieve your fitness goals, then stop your search right now! Puregym North covers two floors, is open 24/7 and conveniently located in the heart of Leeds Arena Quarter. As part of Merrion Goes Green, PureGym North are hosting a FREE exercise session 12.30pm-1.30pm on the main mall to assist in ensuring visitors leave feeling rejuvenated.
Wednesday, October 9 CityConnect will be on hand giving advice on cycling and cycle safety and are providing a FREE bike security tagging service.
Come see West Yorkshire Travel Plan Network who will be giving top tips on how to lower your carbon footprint through sustainable travel.
Walkit think walking in and around town can often be a smart choice and will be available to help you make more informed decisions about whether you choose to walk for all, or part, of any given journey.
Thursday, October 10 Forge Recycling collect and segregate the Merrion Centre and our tenants’ waste, plastics/tins, paper, baled cardboard and food and glass on a daily basis.
Join them to see their mini transfer station (whereby recyclables will be sorted) and maybe turn your hand at making a flower out of general waste products!
Friday, October 11 St George’s Crypt offer accommodation, health and well-being services, training and engagement opportunities and employment for the homeless and vulnerable of Leeds. To ensure requirements are met, they rely upon donations of not only food, but toiletries, clothing and other everyday items.
As part of our Merrion Goes Green Week, they are asking for donations of specifically washing powder in the aim of supporting their amazing work within the Leeds Community.
Charlotte-Daisy Leeming, head of CSR for TCS said: “Merrion Goes Green Week’ is a proud milestone for us; not only is it a first event of its kind in the city, it provides a platform to educate shoppers on their impact on the environment, inspiring them to recycle everyday items, whilst also being mindful of their own health and wellbeing.
“In addition, following the ongoing success of CitiPark’s ‘pay with plastic’ campaign, it further cements and celebrates Town Centre Securities’ commitment to sustainable practices that are imperative for driving preservation of our environment and health in our community.”