Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA) is working closely with its business partners to reduce, reuse and recycle as much waste generated at 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 Airport Authority (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 is 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. In 2012 this programme recycled 1,855 tonnes of food waste from 17 business partners, 4% of which was converted into soil conditioner for tree planting with the remainder being sent for conversion into animal feed at an off-site plant.
Since 2008 the AA has facilitated the collection of used cooking oil from airport restaurants. So far, more than 220,000 litres have been recycled into biodiesel.
To facilitate waste separation at source, over 70 recycling bins are now available for passengers across the terminals. The number of recycling bins will be increased to about 320 locations by Q1 2014.
HKIA has participated in the Hong Kong Environmental Protection Department's Wastewi$e programme since 2003. In 2011 we achieved the Wastewi$e Label's "Class of Excellence" (formerly known as the Gold Wastewi$e Label) as recognised by the Environmental Campaign Committee. This is the eighth time we have won this award.
Waste Recycling Performance
"Others" include glass, metal, waste cooking oil, wood, tyres, lubricating oil, fluorscent tubes, toners, etc.