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Edinburgh Airport scrubs up its waste management operations | 3 October 2012

Edinburgh Airport’s newly introduced waste management policies should stand as a shining example how any public space can turn around its sustainability efforts.

Stephen Cameron, area manager of SWR Waste Management, which approached the airport with a complete waste cycle solution, explained in a blog how the airport has now seen a 90 per cent increase in recycling from its 2,000 tonnes of rubbish a year.

The average cost of waste disposal to the airport fell by 35 per cent in the first four months after implementing new waste management policies. This will lead to a three year low in terms of cost per tonne of disposal overall.

Writing for airport-world.com, Cameron revealed how the biggest challenges for airports and their waste programmes is figuring out how to coordinate programmes because of the diverse number of waste streams that exist.

From the waste generated some 30,000 feet up, “down to ground level in airport offices, shops, restaurants, flight kitchens, cargo operations, maintenance areas, and hangars”, it’s difficult to optimise waste processing because of an airport’s infrastructure.

For this reason it’s important to prioritise where the most impact can be made, which is normally inside the airport itself. Encouraging passengers to recycle plastic and newspapers is one such concept Edinburgh has embraced.

Training staff about their waste production and educating them as how to deal with it has helped get all staff members on-board with the scheme, Cameron said.

Holding monthly meetings and producing regular recycling reports, perhaps with the help of facilities management software, is keeping managers informed about overall progress.

Besides a sense of corporate social responsibility, all of the improvements at the airport will additionally help negate a recent 14 per cent hike in landfill tax and general waste disposal costs, edie.net says.

Written by Chris Taylor on behalf of Qube Global Software

While posted by Qube Global Software all views expressed are not necessarily those of the company. All facts are verified where possible directly by the author.

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