Airport of the futureAuckland Airport is destined to grow quickly and we have developed a 30 year vision for it.
We are working hard to minimise the amount of waste the airport community sends to landfill and to manage biosecurity risks appropriately. Reducing the waste we generate decreases the amount of the methane gas we create and our impact on global warming. It also reduces our operating costs.
We launched our waste minimisation plan in 2013, with a target of reducing waste per passenger by 20 per cent by 2020. We achieved this target in 2015, well ahead of schedule, thanks to initiatives like the ones below.
We work with our supply chain partner, OCS, to segregate all waste in our terminals and offices, and we recycle an increasing proportion of this waste (currently 42%). Our recycling efforts include recycling compostable food waste in our international terminal and management office.
Retailers and food and beverage outlets account for most of the waste the airport community generates. However, knowing that the travelling public want to play their part too, we have installed easy-to-use recycling facilities in prominent places in both our terminals.
With our airline partners, the Ministry for Primary Industries and ground handling agents, we have set up our transitional waste facility to manage aircraft cabin waste. We are currently recycling 50% of this waste and making plans to expand this facility.
Quarantine waste is the waste generated ‘airside’ (beyond immigration and customs, including on aircraft). It poses biosecurity risks and is steam-sterilised by Interwaste, a specialist provider.