intu Trafford Centre

Arguably one of the most iconic shopping centres in the UK, intu Trafford Centre attracts over 31 million visitors per year. With over 200 retail and 60 catering units, this large, North West shopping centre produces up to 6,500 tonnes of waste every year.

I need flexibility from my waste service provider to be able to respond to the large quantity of waste that intu Trafford Centre produces on a regular basis.

We wanted to change waste service providers because the service that we were getting just wasn’t good enough.

“Dealing with our waste on a local level is really important to intu Trafford Centre, and working with JWS, a local business only 6 miles away, means that our waste stays within the region and reduces our carbon footprint”

Dan Fairhurst, intu Trafford Centre


When we went out to tender for our waste management contracts, we were looking for service and also a good reputation for good waste management services.

JWS came in and they were competitive with their price, their service levels were excellent and also their environmental credentials were really sound.

From the very start of the partnership, both intu Trafford Centre and JWS have been dedicated to improving the impact that waste management has for both the shopping centre and the environment.

Whilst working together, they have gone on to win multiple environmental awards including a silver Green Apple Award in 2016 and a Green World Environment Award in 2017.

Competitive pricing against competitors

Successful food waste environmental scheme

Excellent service levels and flexibility

Winning environmental awards for sustainability

A Focus on Food Waste

One of the most significant changes followed the initiation of a new project that aimed to tackle one of the most significant waste streams the centre produces: food waste.

The Food Waste project implemented a segregated service that reduced contamination and improved the recycling/recovery value of other waste streams.

In just 12 months after the Food Waste Project was launched, more than 166 tonnes of food waste was diverted from the general waste. This averaged at 13.8 tonnes per month, equating to 3.83% of intu Trafford Centre’s total waste.

17 months on, the project has resulted in 349 tonnes of food waste being collected and broken down using the AD process. This equated to 13,204 kWh and 314.1 tonnes of fertiliser being produced through the recycling treatment.

“JWS have helped us to recycle currently over 50% of our waste, which is an excellent result for us. I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend them.”

Dan Fairhurst, intu Trafford Centre


intu Trafford Centre is a large indoor shopping centre and leisure complex in Greater Manchester, England.

In the Metropolitan Borough of Trafford, the centre is within the Trafford Park industrial estate, five miles west of Manchester city centre.



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