The Green Apple Awards began in 1994 and have become established as a major recognition for environmental endeavour among companies, councils, communities and countries. The awards are organised by The Green Organisation, an independent, non-political, non-activist, non-profit environment group dedicated to recognising and promoting environmental 
best practice. Judges for the Green Apple Awards are drawn from the Environment Agency, the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health, the Chartered Institution for Waste Management and other independent bodies. The Heart competed against more than 500 other nominations and were presented with their Green Apple Award at a glittering presentation ceremony at The Crystal, London, on 30th June 2014.

The award recognises that The Heart is committed to continually improving its environmental performance and moving towards the best practices in corporate sustainability. The Hearts “zero” waste to landfill scheme reduces consumption in all of its operations, re-using materials rather than disposing of them and promoting recycling and the use of recycled materials. As a result of this success The Heart has also been invited to have its winning paper published in The Green Book, the leading international work of reference on environmental best practice, so that others around the world can follow The Heart’s example and learn from its experience. The Heart will also be considered to represent its country in the European Business Awards for the Environment.

General Manager, Mark Middleton says, “We are thrilled with this award, which comes so soon after winning at the Zero Waste Awards. At The Heart we are fully aware of the effect our activity has, not only on the environment, but on our retailers, residents and local community in which we operate. It’s why we are continually improving our environmental performance and why achieving “zero” waste to landfill is so important to us. We want to inspire others to think about how they use items and most importantly, how they dispose of them.”

For more information please contact Eirinn Fuller on 01707 275050.