WASTE MANAGEMENT IN BRITISH AIRPORTS By Albin Pinard
What is Waste Management ?
Issues and objectives
Sources of Waste
Benefits of a Good Waste Management
WASTE MANAGEMENT IN THE AIRPORT INDUSTRY WHAT IS WASTE MANAGEMENT ? “ Waste management may be considered as the management of natural resources so that present and future beneficial uses are not impaired.” (England et al,2006) “ Everything your business makes, which is not bought by your customers” (Jones,1996) “ Any substance which constitutes a scrap material or an effluent or other surplus substances arising from the application of any process; and any substance or article which requires to be disposed of as being broken, worn out, contaminated or otherwise spoiled, but does not include a substance which is explosive” (Environment Protection Act, 1990).
WASTE MANAGEMENT IN THE AIRPORT INDUSTRY Issues and objectives
Significant growth in waste (over 6OOO tonnes of waste in 2007)
Significant growth of waste landfilled (4686 tonnes in 2007)
Improve the effectiveness of waste management activities
Recycle 40% of waste by 2010 (current rate 2007: 25%)
- Water containing de-icing fluid (paved areas, aircrafts)
Sources of waste:
WASTE MANAGEMENT IN THE AIRPORT INDUSTRY The situation of the U.K "The strongest proof that environmental protection does not hamper competitiveness is the economic performance of nations with the strictest laws » (Porter,1991)
WASTE MANAGEMENT IN THE AIRPORT INDUSTRY Solutions implemented
Establishment of a landfill tax (lower than other countries)
Creation of the AOA ( Airports Operators Association) that allows
airports to share information relating to waste management
Implementation of charges based on amount of waste produced
by each area of the airport.
Separate wasted products on board during flights makes
the recycling process easier
WASTE MANAGEMENT IN THE AIRPORT INDUSTRY Benefits of a good waste management
Reusing and recycling materials is financially more interesting than
removing waste thanks to a storage facility located near the airport.
Reduction in the short term of the environmental costs with better
Saving in disposal costs
Reassement on processes which makes them more efficient
Reduction in potentially large liabilities in the long run
WASTE MANAGEMENT IN THE AIRPORT INDUSTRY Conclusion “ The present limit to growth are not so much those imposed by resources, such as oil and other minerals…In many cases they arise more from a scarcity of “sinks” or systems that can safely absorb wastes .” (Schmidheiny,1992) Waste management practices in British airports remain insufficient compared to other countries in Europe but managers realise the importance of managing wastes in order to gain a competitive advantage.
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