As Iceland’s most frequently visited shopping centre, Kringlan takes social responsibility seriously and is committed to promoting an environmentally-friendly society. Kringlan sets out to be a leading force in environmental matters among Icelandic shopping centres through its Green Steps environmental policy. Kringlan is committed to:
Sorting of at least 50% of waste material
Reducing energy use by at least 20%
Reducing water use by at least 20%
Encouraging the use of environmentally-friendly transport to and from Kringlan
Working with Kringlan’s business operators to reduce the use of plastic bags and encourage paper sorting
|Increasing vegetation and green spaces in Kringlan‘s outdoor areas.
2012 Award for waste sorting.
In 2012, Kringlan’s corrugated paper waste amounted to 100 tonnes, the equivalent of 1,780 mature trees. Clearly, sorting waste is an enormous gain to the environment.
Recycling reduces the impact on the Earth’s natural resources by creating a cycle of raw materials that can be used and reused. Corrugated paper can be recycled up to seven times with no reduction to its quality. We at Kringlan are proud of the environmental gains we have achieved through sorting corrugated paper:
Electricity is one of the key resources used in producing corrugated paper. By recycling raw materials we have saved the equivalent of approximately 297,000 KW hours – the annual consumption of 82 households.
Water is another key natural resource in the production of corrugated paper. Recycling cardboard means that we reduced our water consumption by one individual’s use over seven years – the amount needed to fill three 25-metre swimming-pools.
Oil is also used to make corrugated paper. Our recycling means a significant reduction in the use of oil for production. In 2009, Kringlan saved a total of 895 barrels of oil.
If Kringlan had sent all its corrugated paper to a waste tip, it would have filled 314.3 m2 - the space needed to stack 20 shipping containers.