\r\nStewarts Christchurch Garden Centre has received the Environmental Opportunities Award from the GCA.\r\n\r\n\r\n\u00a0\r\n\r\n\r\nThe award recognises the improvements made in the environmental impact on the wider local community. \r\n\r\n\r\n\u00a0\r\n\r\n\r\nThe centre was top rated by the Garden Centre Association within the South Thames area of England.\r\n\r\nStewarts adopts 'less to landfill' policy\r\n\r\nCentre Manager, Paul Hilliam said that reducing the amount of waste going to landfill was vital.\r\n\r\n\r\n\u00a0\r\n\r\n\r\n\u201cOver the last 12 months we have reduced our landfill waste by to 50% of our total waste. We focused on the recycling of materials including plastic pots, paper, cardboard boxes and food waste. \r\n\r\n\r\n\u00a0\r\n\r\n\r\n\u201cWe have also introduced free drinking water through the Refill Dorset campaign. Because of this, we've earned the Litter Free Coast and Sea Business Award. \r\n\r\n\r\n\u00a0\r\n\r\n\r\nWe no longer provide plastic straws or single use coffee cups and customers can take used coffee grounds from the cafe as free soil improver.\u201d\r\n\r\n\r\n\u00a0\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nThe Stewarts centres at Broomhill and Titchfield have also adopted the \u201cless to landfill\u201d policy. Director Terry Head recently commented on the Wyevale situation. You can read his views here.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nRefill Dorset\u00a0launched in July 2016. It already has over 20 Refill stations in the Dorset area. Litter Free Coast and Sea, with the help of Dorset Wildlife Trust run the scheme.