Business News | Thiruvananthapuram International Airport achieves Zero Waste to Landfill distinction

Thiruvananthapuram (Kerala) (India), May 22 (ANI): Thiruvananthapuram International Airport has created history by becoming the first airport in India to achieve the Zero Waste to Landfill (ZWL) award.

This recognition, awarded by the Confederation of Indian Industry’s Center of Excellence for Sustainable Development (CII-ITC), highlights the airport’s exceptional waste management practices and commitment to sustainability.

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The ZWL assessment confirmed that Thiruvananthapuram International Airport has successfully implemented the best waste management strategies, diverting an impressive 99.50 percent of waste from landfills.

The airport has managed to divert 100 percent of plastic waste and 100 percent of household waste, which includes both wet and dry waste, from landfills.

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This achievement was made possible through the integration of a robust value chain system and the adoption of the 5R principles of sustainable waste management: Reduce, Reuse, Reprocess, Recycle and Recover. These principles guided the airport’s efforts to minimize waste generation and maximize waste diversion.

The ZWL’s goal is to divert at least 99 percent of waste generated from landfills, while also focusing on reducing the overall amount of waste generated.

For the financial year 2022-2023, ZWL practices at Thiruvananthapuram International Airport have been closely assessed. Major sources of waste include paper, cutlery, food and street waste, all of which contribute significantly to municipal solid waste.

The airport’s commitment to environmental performance is further demonstrated by its ISO 14001:2015 certification, which mandates a comprehensive Environmental Management System (EMS).

This system sets and evaluates environmental objectives, with an emphasis on continuous improvement and sustainability.

Thiruvananthapuram International Airport has established an advanced waste management system that complies with ISO 14001:2015 standards.

This system includes waste separation, recycling, monitoring and reduction processes, all of which work according to the cradle-to-cradle principle to ensure sustainable waste management.

The airport has designated specific locations for the collection of segregated waste, which is then transferred to a recycling and recovery facility.

This methodical approach ensures that all waste is properly processed and recycled, significantly reducing the impact on the environment.

The award from the CII-ITC Center of Excellence for Sustainable Development is a testament to the airport’s commitment to environmental stewardship and innovative waste management.

An environment and sustainability team works tirelessly to maintain and improve the airport’s environmental performance, continually setting new benchmarks in sustainability. (ANI)

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