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Compactors set to slash airport collection visits

Shanks Group has signed a five year contract with Glasgow Airport to help it reduce waste collections by 75%.

The company will use its EcoCassette compactors to replace the airport’s existing waste containers.

It said each EcoCassette can hold the equivalent of 15 large mobile bins. They are fitted with GPRS enabled sensors to monitor fill-rate, and the transport depot is automatically notified to collect full compactors.

The traditional bin lorry will be replaced with a crane-mounted vehicle which can collect four EcoCassettes per visit, each with a source-segregated waste stream.

Shanks said the increase in the number of waste streams per visit, and the collection of only full compactors, would mean that airport collections are reduced by up to 75%.

Glasgow Airport will be Shanks’ first UK customer to deploy this technology.

Shanks UK managing director Peter Eglinton said the contract was “a clear endorsement of our sustainable approach to making more from waste”.

Gillies Crichton, head of assurance at Glasgow Airport, said: “Developing a sustainable and cost effective approach to waste management is a clear priority and Shanks’ solution enables us to do this whilst also reducing carbon emissions and controlling costs.”

Edinburgh Airport last month reached an 82% recycling rate for food and dry waste.


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