Birmingham Airport first worldwide to implement waste recycling solution - The Solihull Observer

Birmingham Airport first worldwide to implement waste recycling solution

Solihull Editorial 5th Apr, 2024   0

BIRMINGHAM Airport has installed a Mobile Segregation Unit (MSU), which enables the separating, washing, and compacting of waste.

The MSU also reduces contamination of recyclable materials, and since being installed, has prevented 264 tonnes of waste from becoming non-recyclable general waste.

Birmingham Airport is the first airport worldwide to implement an MSU solution in partnership with The Green Block and has a commitment to reach recycling rates of 65 per cent, as outlined in its Sustainability Strategy.

Tom Denton, head of sustainability at Birmingham Airport said: “We are committed to improving recycling rates, focussing primarily on reducing and re-using waste, then recycling wherever possible.

“Our Sustainability Strategy sets out our waste, supply chain and circular economy commitments, and we are always determined to find innovative ways to reduce our environmental impact.

“The MSU installation is facilitating much more efficient segregation of our recyclable materials, with real-time data breakdown allowing us to drive that all-important behavioural change needed to see continual improvements in waste reduction and disposal best practice across the airport.”




Deane Arnold, terminal operations manager at Birmingham Airport added: “I am delighted to share that just four months into the implementation of this initiative, we have witnessed a significant surge in our recycling rates.

In February, our recycling rate reached 68 per cent and in March, it soared to an impressive 83.2 per cent.


“These results are a testament to the effectiveness of The Green Block, Bidvest Noonan Partnership, and the dedication of our team to sustainability.

“We are committed to further improving our recycling practices and continuing to lead the way within the aviation industry.”

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