SPINNING Gate Shopping Centre's commitment to the environment was recognised at the Houses of Parliament earlier this week.

The Leigh centre were invited to London on Monday and was presented with a Green Apple Silver Environmental Award for Environmental Best Practice for its 2017 waste processing achievements.

In partnership with waste management contractor, B&M Waste Services, the centre achieved 100 per centre diversion of waste to landfill with more than 103,000kg of waste produced from the centre and the shops.

The centre saved the equivalent of 70 trees or more than 30,000 car miles.

Centre manager at Spinning Gate Shopping Centre Karen Cox said: “We are absolutely delighted to be awarded a Green Apple Environmental Award and to be recognised following the success of achieving 100 per cent waste diversion from landfill last year.

"Spinning Gate Shopping Centre is fully committed to recycling initiatives and are continuing to review and identify alternatives following this fantastic achievement.”

The Green Apple Awards, is run by the Green Organisation and supported by the Environment Agency, the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health, the Chartered Institution for Wastes Management and other independent bodies.

Now in its 24th year, it rewards and promotes environmental best practice in the UK and the rest of the world.

In 2018, the centre has saved more than 52kg of carbon through increased recycling with B&M Waste Services, the equivalent of 32 trees or more than 18,000 car miles.