Heathrow Airport has released a report detailing how it manages the 110,000 tonnes of waste that it produces each year.
Roughly three quarters of Heathrow's waste is managed by individual companies operating at the airport. The remainder is managed centrally through Heathrow Airport Limited's waste contract.
According to the report, the airport generates an amount of waste similar to that produced by all the households and businesses of a large town, as well as large quantities of construction and demolition waste through rebuilding its infrastructure.
The report, 'A focus on waste', published by the British Airport Authority - which owns and operates Heathrow - said that the reduction in the amount of waste which the airport sends to landfill has continued, and is now under 1%.
According to the BAA, these improvements are largely due to the Lakeside waste to energy facility plant becoming available nearby. (Also Read: Award Winning Lakeside Waste to Energy Facility Opened).
However, since late 2010, the report said that recycling performance has deteriorated - a trend which has continued into 2011, with a mid-year recycling rate currently just over 28%.
The report, provides an insight into which Heathrow activities generate waste, what types of waste are created, and how it is disposed of. Highlights include:
Over 90% of the waste generated by the demolition of Heathrow's old Terminal 2 was recycled and used in other construction projects. How less than 10% of waste managed through Heathrow Airport Limited's waste contract is being sent to landfill and less than 5% of this is untreated waste. What is being done to increase Heathrow's recycling rates, including reprocessing used cooking oil into biodiesel, composting green waste and recycling waste collected at airport security. Why the risk of contamination from international catering waste presents a significant challenge to recycling more aircraft cabin waste.
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