AIR passengers will be able to recycle more before they jet off on holiday, thanks to new bins.
Newcastle Airport has stepped up its recycling efforts by putting 40 new units out in the terminal building to take waste paper and plastic bottles.
The bins, which are unique to the airport, are part of a national project called Recycle Zone to encourage people to recycle when they are out and about. The Recycle Zone project is a partnership between Coca-Cola Enterprises (CCE), WRAP and Recoup.
There are currently 52 zones across Great Britain and there are plans to open a further 30 zones by the end of the year, with the ultimate aim of significantly reducing the amount of recyclable waste sent to landfill in the UK.
The bins at Newcastle Airport will be the first on-the-go recycling scheme in the North East. They have been designed specifically for the airport by recycling unit supplier, Wybone.
Helen Hughes, environmental adviser at Newcastle International, said: “We’re continuously looking into new ways to improve our recycling procedures and are delighted with the introduction of the new on-the-go recycle units, we’re confident they will be a success.
“The terminal is a vast public space which millions of passengers travel through each year; we need to ensure that people find it as easy as possible to recycle before they jet off. Through the work with Coca-Cola and Recoup, we hope to see many new innovation initiatives to follow in the future which will benefit the environment.”
Erika Coghlan, vice-president of public affairs and communications at CCE, said: “Recycling at home and in the workplace has become easier over recent years. However, recycling options in public areas are still limited. CCE are committed to reducing the impact packaging has on recycling as much as possible and, knowing that many of our products are consumed whilst ‘on-the-go’, we want to provide helpful and convenient recycling solutions to our customers no matter where they are.”
A spokesperson from WRAP said: “WRAP supports investment in on the go recycling. We want to make it easier for people to recycle, wherever they are. Newcastle International should be congratulated for taking the lead on this important agenda.”
Newcastle Airport bosses have already made an effort to recycle as much waste as possible, including litter collected in the terminal building and the plastic bottles confiscated during security searches.
In the last four years recycling rates at the airport have steadily increased.
Newcastle Airport’s administration block is also a bin-free environment, with all rubbish collected through a central recycling system located in the corridors.