BIRMINGHAM Airport handed £16,000 worth of goods and food to charity to mark World Environment Day (June 5).
Throughout May the airport’s on-site shops and restaurants collected 2.7tonnes of goods and foodstuffs including sweets, gift sets, books, toys and travel accessories to three local charities – Unite4homeless, Birmingham Children’s Hospital and Home Start.
Tom Redfern, Birmingham Airport’s head of sustainability, said: “As part of our Sustainability Strategy we have committed ourselves to improving recycling rates, embracing the principles of the circular economy and being a responsible neighbour.
“World Environment Day reminds us of the importance of these issues and these figures show we’re making great progress to achieving all three of these aims.
“There is lots more work to do but, with the support of our partners, we’re determined to reduce our environmental impact while supporting neighbouring communities.”
The work is co-ordinated by the airport’s commercial waste partner Novati.
Darren Andrew, senior corporate sustainability manager said: “We believe that Birmingham Airport’s success is because together we’re talking about resource management and innovation rather than waste management and bins.
“It’s essential that we focus on reducing and reusing materials because this has the greatest impact on the environment and the climate crisis. It’s great to be able to deliver a project that positively impacts the local community.”