Green Issues

Leeds Jewish Welfare Board has a robust environmental steering group to drive forward environmentally friendly and ethical policies which will reduce the Board’s carbon emissions. Mindful of the need to safeguard the environment for future generations, The Board is taking practical steps and asking all visitors to the Centre to remember to switch off lights and turn off taps. Office staff are looking at paper bulk buying, double sided printing and recycling as well as more energy efficient means of insulation and waste disposal.’

We have sixteen recycling bins. The ‘Slim Jim’ containers provide a flexible recycling system for each floor of the Marjorie & Arnold Ziff Community Centre consisting of interchangeable bodies and colour-coded lids. The different lids for paper, cans and bottles or general refuse, mean the containers can be easily identified for the correct materials. LJWB’s charity shop, ‘thewellfairshop’, also uses a ‘Steelybin’ container to store clothes unsuitable for re-sale before they are taken for recycling.

What are we doing in the Community Centre?

  • Joined the Carbon Trust
  • Sourced 200 free energy light bulbs for use by LJWB / LJHA
  • Started using Environmentally friendly products in the building
  • Changed paper towels to recycled paper towels
  • Been awarded an Energy Certificate
  • Introduced automatic lighting in toilets and hallways
  • Replaced paper towels with hand dryers
  • Installed recycling bins
  • Started working with the MAZCC kitchen to reduce environmental impact
  • Put energy saving posters up around the building designed by the art class at the MAZCC

This is a very serious undertaking. We aim to drive forward commitments made in our Policy and commission an Environment Audit of the organisation on an annual basis. Membership of the Carbon Trust has been attained.

For more details contact Rachel Matthews at or visit