Outsourcing company Mitie and Manchester Airport have signed a £1.5m contract aimed at achieving zero waste to landfill by 2030.
The contract will see a miniature MRF installed on-site to treat aircraft waste, and expanding recycling schemes in public areas through the placement of mixed recycling bins.
Mitie’s involvement with Manchester Airport will supplement a portfolio of aviation sector work, which includes an improvement in Cardiff Airport’s recycling rate from 20% to 75% in nine months.
Mitie waste and environmental business managing director Mike Taylor said: “Our approach to waste management, with a focus on treating waste on-site and changing behaviour, has proven an effective model for the sector and [we] expect similar results for Manchester Airport.”
Manchester Airport managing director Andrew Harrison said: “We have our own targets to increase recycling and waste recovery rates at the airport and the new contract will assist us in achieving those aims. We are already generating less waste, despite increasing passenger numbers, and we are continuing to work alongside our airline and retail partners to increase recycling rates.”