Waste is produced from airport, administrative and retail operations. Licensed waste carriers remove waste from the site in accordance with the most recent waste legislation.
George Best Belfast City Airport will endeavour to minimise waste to landfill, and the cost of waste management, through the encouragement of cost effective recycling and recharging waste management costs to business partners, where applicable.
Our objective is to improve waste management practices to minimise waste, increase recycling and prevent pollution. For the period 2011-2012 we aim to:
• At least maintain recycling rates achieved in 2010.
• Seek to reduce waste through focusing on paper consumption.
Recycling facilities have been introduced for passengers, business partners and staff to recycle a range of waste materials onsite including paper, cardboard, plastic bottles and glass.
We record and monitor waste management data to assess progress with our recycling scheme. In addition, we organise regular meetings with our business partners to promote the cost benefits of recycling and to give feedback on progress.
Recycling has gone from 0% in 2003 to 45% of total waste generated in 2010. Recycling rates decreased slightly in 2011 to 37% as the total volume of waste fell during this period by over 25%.
Waste per passenger fell from 0.15 kilos in 2010 to 0.13 kilos in 2011.
Through our paper saving project we managed to reduce paper use by 50 boxes (250 reams) in 2011 compared with the previous year.