Glasgow Airport has increased its recycling by a staggering 90% since its partnership with waste management contractor, Biffa.
The recycling move comes since the airport took its Resource Efficiency Pledge.
To come in line with the pledge, the airport is actively encouraging both staff and passengers to recycle and use energy wisely. As a direct result of its recycle initiatives, the airport has saved £8,000 in the last year on double recycle bins that separate general waste and recyclable products and £11,000 in energy costs by installing new energy efficient vending machines. What’s more, thanks to improved air conditioning units and the fitting of new LED lighting the airport has made 730 tonnes of annual carbon savings!
The Pledge, managed by Resource Efficient Scotland, is a free initiative scheme for all businesses and organisations to commit to reducing their waste, recycling more and to use energy, water and raw materials more considerately, thus reducing their impact on the environment, as part of the Zero Waste Scotland programme.
Retailers at the airport have since made their own pledge, shops and restaurants including Boots the Chemist, JD Wetherspoons, Delware North, World Duty Free and Discover Glasgow.
Speaking about the environmental improvements, Glasgow Airport’s Commercial Manager Vicky McDowell, said, “We are very proud of our achievements and of how our business partners came together to achieve this mutual goal. In late 2014 we formed an action group involving all our retailers to develop a Charter which became known as Keep It Clean Behind The Scenes.
“The charter was a joint agreement involving behavioural change, operational change and KPI improvements. All 600 retail staff from over 30 businesses were trained in how to deliver the charter and we are delighted with the improvements we have seen so far. We look forward to seeing further developments come to fruition over the coming weeks and months.”