04 March 2012
With so many opportunities to recycle waste, airport users – from passengers to tenants – are currently contributing about 20 per cent of the waste generated at the airport to recycling.
Research shows that this figure could be more than doubled, which would reduce costs and the impact on the environment.
A working group involving cleaning contractors, waste recycling companies and airport staff has been created to look at how waste management can be improved.
Initial investigations will concentrate on finding out where waste is created, how it makes its way to the bins and where it all ends up.
Sustainability adviser Martin Fryer is excited by the opportunity. “The working group has only met a couple of times but the number of ideas flowing about how to better manage waste is just incredible. We will see some exciting results that will significantly reduce environmental impacts and costs, while also improving passenger experience.”