Monarch has set the standard in introducing recycling initiatives for other airlines to follow, said a Birmingham airport official.
The airline has just extended its full onboard recycling programme from Gatwick to all flights operating into Birmingham International Airport and will mean that all aluminium, plastic, glass and paper used during these flights will be recycled.
Speaking to MRW Birmingham International Airport environmental protection manager Dave Peabody said: We have a waste management centre designed to take in recycled goods and Monarch airline crews will separate the waste in clear plastic bags for us. We can then sort stuff and bale it.
Monarch is the only airline offering an onboard recycling programme in the full respect. We hope it can encourage others to say that we can do it as well.
No waste from Birmingham International Airport is sent to landfill it is either sent to a local incinerator or recycled. On average the airport recycles 300-400 tonnes of recyclable material per year, including glass, paper and aluminium cans. But Peabody admits that the airport could do better and is hoping that Monarchs new initiative will help increase its recycling rates.
Peabody added: There are issues that make it difficult for airlines to introduce onboard recycling sometimes. There are issues to do with lack of space, time, and cleaners only have a few minutes to clean a plane once it has landed.
We are happy to work with Monarch, and work with anybody to help protect the environment and increase recycling levels.
Commenting on the extension of its onboard recycling programme, Monarch Airlines managing director Tim Jeans said: 70% of the waste generated in the cabin is potentially recyclable, so the fact that more airlines are not adopting similar policies is staggering. We are delighted that our ongoing work with Birmingham Airport is enabling us to introduce the scheme on flights into the airport, however we urge our other UK and European airports to introduce the necessary recycling infrastructure to enable us to roll out the scheme to include all Monarch services.
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