Published On:May 24 2024
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Thiruvananthapuram International Airport Attains Zero Waste to Landfill Milestone

Thiruvananthapuram International Airport has reached a significant milestone by becoming the inaugural airport in India to receive the Zero Waste to Landfill (ZWL) accolade.

The prestigious recognition, bestowed by the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII-ITC) Centre of Excellence for Sustainable Development, underscores the airport's outstanding waste management practices and unwavering commitment to sustainability.

The ZWL assessment affirmed that Thiruvananthapuram International Airport has implemented exemplary waste management strategies, achieving an impressive 99.50 percent diversion of waste from landfills. Notably, the airport has successfully diverted 100 percent of its plastic waste and municipal solid waste (MSW), including both wet and dry waste, away from landfills.

This remarkable feat was made possible through the implementation of a robust value chain system and adherence to the 5R principles of sustainable waste management—Reduce, Reuse, Reprocess, Recycle, and Recover. These principles guided the airport in minimizing waste generation and maximizing waste diversion.

The ZWL initiative aims to divert at least 99 percent of generated waste from landfills while prioritizing waste reduction. During the assessment for the financial year 2022-2023, major sources of waste such as paper, cutlery, food, and road waste were meticulously scrutinized, all contributing significantly to municipal solid waste.

Thiruvananthapuram International Airport's commitment to environmental stewardship is further underscored by its ISO 14001:2015 certification, which mandates a comprehensive Environmental Management System (EMS). This system sets and evaluates environmental goals, fostering a culture of continuous improvement and sustainability.

The airport has established a sophisticated waste management system in line with ISO 14001:2015 standards, encompassing waste segregation, recycling, monitoring, and reduction processes. Operating on a cradle-to-cradle principle, this system ensures sustainable waste management practices.

Designated collection sites for segregated waste, coupled with a recycling yard and recovery facility, ensure that all waste is appropriately processed and recycled, mitigating its environmental impact.

The accolade from the CII-ITC Centre of Excellence for Sustainable Development underscores Thiruvananthapuram International Airport's steadfast commitment to environmental stewardship and innovative waste management practices. An Environment and Sustainability team continuously works to uphold and enhance the airport's environmental performance, setting new benchmarks in sustainability.

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