IPC Shopping Centre sets 60% recycling rate by year-end

by AUFA MARDHIAH / pic courtesy of IPC

IPC Shopping Centre looks to increase its recycling rate to 60% by year-end via its Recycling and Buy-Back Centre (RBBC).

Ikano Centres shopping centre and mixed-use director Adrian Mirea said the shopping centre recycles 429 metric tonnes on average every year since 2019 with more than half coming from IPC’s RBBC.

“We are proud to share that IPC’s recycling rate was at 31% financial year 2019 (FY19), 42% in FY20 and 46% in FY21. We are currently at 52% and are striving to achieve 60% by the end of 2022. 

“By incorporating sustainability in our day-to-day business functions, we are raising awareness of this important issue as we head towards becoming a carbon-neutral nation by as early as 2050,” she added.

The firm has established several of its greening strategies which ensure that its business is fair and inclusive, circular and climate positive, as well as promotes healthy and sustainable living.

IPC Shopping Centre GM Karyn Lim informed the shopping centres are one of few shopping centres in Malaysia that actively promote sustainability and conducts various recycling programmes for the community to partake in.

“This year, IPC has upgraded and expanded its business sustainability initiatives that focus on water, energy conservation and recycling. As we continue to grow our business, we remain committed to creating a positive impact on the environmental and social wellbeing of the communities,” she said.

IPC’s sustainable initiatives include investing in the grid-source renewable energy technology and carbon mitigation projects to help reduce the emission of greenhouse gases as well as the digitalisation of its RBBC located at the P1 Car Park area of the shopping centre.

With the reopening of IPC’s upgraded RBBC in June 2022, customers can continue to drop off their recyclables, whereas Tack Club members (IPC Shopping Centre’s loyalty programme members) will be eligible to collect points on their IPC app by weighing their recyclables and exchange it for rewards and shopping e-vouchers. IPC’s RBBC operating hours will also be extended from 8am to 10pm daily, to accommodate its growing demand.

To further strengthen its greening strategies, IPC collaborated with two NGOs, namely Kloth Cares (a movement that works towards keeping fabrics and other wearables out of landfills) to collect and upcycle used clothes; as well as working together with Women of Will to kickstart the Green Heart Project and transform used hoarding visuals into recycled shopping bags.

In addition, the tenants at IPC share similar values by incorporating sustainable practices in their businesses; for instance, F&B outlets and stores practise the concept of BYOC (Bring Your Own Container) and eliminate the single-use of plastic bags.

Meanwhile, clothing retailers have recycling baskets for old and used clothes and follow stringent methods of recycling their old collections.

IPC Shopping Centre was recognised as the first shopping centre in Ikano Centres to achieve the Malaysian Green Building Index and Non-residential Existing Building rating; and ranked the #1 Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Certified Shopping Centre in Malaysia under the Operations and Maintenance Category.

The shopping centre also won the EdgeProp 2021 silver award at Malaysia’s Best Managed & Sustainable Property Awards in 10 years and above, Retail Category.