Brussels Airport Devotes to Minimise the recycling rate of airport waste from 2023 

Brussels Airport and Fost Plus work together to reduce waste and enhance waste sorting and recycling. For the end, several airport partners have signed the Brussels Airport Waste Charter in which they explicitly choose to use the essentials of circular economy. Together, they dedicate to reducing waste at the airport. Also they are aiming to recycle at least 50% of the waste at the airport including passenger waste — from 20 23, which is double the present recycling rate.

Even the 24,000 employees and 70,000 passengers that put foot at the airport every day generate approximately fifteen truck plenty of waste daily. As much sorts of waste that do not always get put in the perfect bin, resulting to waste not being recycled. The countless overseas travelers tend to be not knowledgeable about the Belgian sorting system. As for Belgian passengers, then they are not always aware of the sorting possibilities outside their domiciles.

“The signing of the Brussels Airport Waste Charter affirms the commitment of 25 airport and companies partners to double their efforts to reduce waste and improve sorting and recycling. This charter indicates a very clear commitment to greatly increase the recycling rate of waste generated at the airport from 20 23 and cut back the quantity of residual waste as far as you can. This is a significant challenge for the whole airport community”, states Arnaud Feist, CEO of Brussels Airport Company.

To attain this goal, Fost Plus, in collaboration with Brussels Airport Company, will encourage each company in the progression of its action plan with concrete measures to improve waste management and educate passengers to correctly sort their waste at the airport as well.

“In the home, sorting has come to be widely recognized in most households. But once far from home, taxpayers sometimes tend to forget these great habits. Foreign travellers must also be informed once they step onto Belgian soil, so that they could adopt the perfect sorting frequencies throughout their stay. The waste job at Brussels Airport can be actually a model of our sorting policy outside the home.

Ever since 1 June 2018, Flemish organizations have to selectively collect waste at source in 2-1 different streams, including packaging and plastics. This sorting at the foundation is vital as it is a crucial first step in limiting residual waste, reducing CO2 emissions and adopting the circular economy. This is a powerful signal from Brussels Airport Company and engaging organizations to demonstrate their commitment by encouraging their customers and clients to participate in quality recycling, and” declared Henny De Baets, Deputy Head of the Flemish Waste Management Agency (OVAM).

The purpose with this charter would be to use the principles of a circular economy to the largest possible extent. For the end, it is important to decide on reusable and recyclable products or materials also to precisely sort, recycle and reuse all waste.

Each of signatory airport partners also have committed to making their passengers and staff alert to how to correctly sort waste. The last objective with the Waste Charter will be always to raise the recycling rate of waste generated at the airport to at least 50% by 2023.

Each company will then receive a tailored action plan to reach the objectives of this Brussels Airport Waste Charter.

Before, Brussels Airport and Fost Plus have already collaborated successfully to enhance the discerning selection of PMD waste (plastic bottles and flasks( alloy packaging and drinks cartons) from passengers and employees, specially by introducing greater visible and plainly marked recycling bins, which has since increased from 5 to 5 174 tonnes.

Concrete pilot project started in autumn

Companies are not alone in their commitment to enhance sorting and recycling. Brussels Airport and Fost Plus also wish to coach passengers and let them sort better, because only precisely piled waste may be recycled.

Now bottles that are not completely empty frequently end up in the sorting bins at the security screening. Brussels Airport will set sinks until the screening lanes that passengers may drain their bottles before disposing them at the blue bins. This will see more plastic bottles recycled.

At the exact same period, Brussels Airport will encourage passengers to utilize as numerous plastic bottles as you can by offering them another option. The waterbottle rack after security screening will offer reusable water bottles for sale. Additional water-fountains will be installed in plainly visible locations, allowing passengers to meet with their water bottles at no cost.


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