Revival of Food Waste
The Airport Authority's (AA) waste management plan is a cornerstone of Hong Kong International Airport's (HKIA) environmental policy. By effectively recycling and disposing of waste, the airport can help reduce stress on landfills and contribute towards environmental and resource conservation. HKIA recycled 4,180 tonnes of waste in 2013, a significant proportion of which was food waste. Therefore, reducing and managing food waste is a high priority at HKIA.
AchievementsFood waste recycling
The AA launched its food waste recycling programme in 2003. Food waste collected from restaurants and lounges in airport terminals is composted into soil conditioner for airport landscaping.
In 2011, the food waste recycling programme was extended to all catering outlets throughout the airport, as well as airline caterers and business partners on the airport island. Most of the collected food waste is converted into animal feed at an off-site plant.
AA's food waste recycling progamme has made remarkable progress over the past 10 years, with 1,600 tonnes of food waste collected and recycled in 2013. In addition to 80 participating airport restaurants, 17 business partners on the airport island have also joined the programme including Asia World-Expo, the Regal Airport Hotel and Cathay Pacific Catering Services.Food Rescue Programme
Since August 2013, HKIA has been working with NGO Food Angel on the Food Rescue Programme. With funding granted by the HKIA Environmental Fund, Food Angel bought a refrigerated truck to collect surplus food from restaurants and caterers. The collected food was then turned into nutritious hot meals for the underprivileged in Hong Kong. Around 3,800kg of surplus food was transformed into 6,200 meal boxes between August and December 2013. The AA is now promoting the Food Rescue Programme to its business partners and communities in Lantau.
Did you know?
The AA's food composter can treat 200kg of food waste every day.