The Airport Authority (AA) is working closely with its business partners to reduce, reuse and recycle as much waste generated at Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA) as possible. Recycled materials include cardboard, paper, plastic, scrap metal, glass bottles, food waste, vehicle tyres, spent lube oil, fluorescent lamps, rechargeable batteries and used cooking oil. The AA has set a target to recycle 50% of all waste by 2021.
Waste separation at source
In 2011, the AA launched an on-site waste separation programme to increase the amount of waste recycled from arriving passenger aircraft. An average of 114 tonnes of aircraft waste was being recycled every month in 2012/2013, an increase of 21% over the previous year.
HKIA began food waste recycling in 2003. In 2011 the programme was extended to all catering outlets at its terminals, all airline caterers and major business partners on the airport island. Click here for more details on the recycling programme.
Since 2008 the AA has facilitated the collection of used cooking oil from airport restaurants. So far, more than 220,000 litres were recycled into biodiesel. Click here for details.
To facilitate waste separation at source, over 70 recycling bins are now available across the terminals. The number of recycling bins will be increased to about 320 locations by Q4 2014.
HKIA has participated in the Hong Kong Environmental Protection Department's Wastewi$e programme since 2003. In 2013, we achieved the Wastewi$e Label's "Class of Excellence" (formerly known as the Gold Wastewi$e Label) as recognised by the Environmental Campaign Committee. This is the eleventh time we have won this award.
Waste Recycling Performance
"Others" include glass, metal, waste cooking oil, wood, tyres, lubricating oil, fluorscent tubes, toners, etc.