Green savings take flight at Glasgow Airport

Glasgow Airport, working with its waste management contractor Biffa, has seen its recycling rate soar to over 90 percent since making a Resource Efficiency Pledge and is now encouraging all businesses on its campus to follow its lead and boost their green credentials.

15 Jul 15

The Resource Efficiency Pledge, coordinated by Resource Efficient Scotland, a programme of Zero Waste Scotland, is a free initiative which asks businesses and organisations to commit to reducing their impact on the environment by making better use of energy, water and raw materials.

Since making a Resource Efficiency Pledge, Glasgow Airport has introduced a new terminal recycling system, with double bins which separate general waste from recycling, encouraging passengers and staff to get involved in the recycling process.  This new system, together with targeted staff awareness training, has not only increased recycling levels but also reduced contamination of recycling bins across the campus, saving the airport over £8,000 per year.

The airport has also introduced a number of new energy efficiency measures including new vending machines from Glasgow-based Abercromby Vending, which alone have resulted in an annual saving of £11,000 in energy costs - as well as improvements to air conditioning systems, and the incorporation of new LED lighting which has resulted in more than 730 tonnes of annual carbon savings.

Boots the Chemist, JD Wetherspoons, Delware North, World Duty Free and Discover Glasgow have now also made a Resource Efficiency Pledge.  Glasgow Airport has worked with these businesses on the campus to ensure they follow suit by launching a new set of Golden Rules and instilling a waste-aware culture.  This initiative, which was developed in conjunction with the retail community at the airport, has resulted in significant improvements in waste collection and general service yard cleanliness.

Iain Gulland, Chief Executive, Zero Waste Scotland said:

“I’m delighted to see Glasgow Airport taking steps to make better use of the resources it uses, and the financial benefits speak for themselves.  It’s great to see the airport taking further steps to improve its resource efficiency, by encouraging the other businesses based there to make a Pledge – I hope to see the campus working together in the future to continue on this green journey and become as sustainable as possible.”

Glasgow Airport’s Sustainability Assurance Manager Kevin Sinclair, and Commercial Manager Vicky McDowell, worked on the cross-campus initiative together.  Vicky said:

“We are very proud of our achievements and of how our business partners came together to achieve this mutual goal. In late 2014 we formed an action group involving all our retailers to develop a Charter which became known as Keep It Clean Behind The Scenes. The charter was a joint agreement involving behavioural change, operational change and KPI improvements. All 600 retail staff from over 30 businesses were trained in how to deliver the charter and we are delighted with the improvements we have seen so far.  We look forward to seeing further developments come to fruition over the coming weeks and months.”

Barry Martin, manager at JD Wetherspoons at Glasgow Airport said:

“We are extremely proud to be working alongside the airport on this initiative. It has both reduced our general waste and increased the staff awareness on what is a very important topic.

“Steven Rae has been a fantastic ambassador for JD Wetherspoons in his efforts to implement new recycling processes within the pub, and to further his own development by completing the resource efficiency training in his own time. We look forward to continuing this relationship and to improve the environmental impact we have as well as benefitting from the cost benefits to the business.”

Notes For Editors

  • Zero Waste Scotland is funded by the Scottish Government to support the delivery of its Zero Waste Plan and other low carbon and resource efficiency policy priorities.
  • Zero Waste Scotland is helping Scotland to become more efficient in its use of resources. We are supporting progress towards Scotland’s ambitious zero waste targets and enabling Scottish society to reap the benefits of more efficient use of resources. 
  • Resource Efficient Scotland (RES) was launched in 2013 to help businesses, the public sector and the third sector save money by using resources more efficiently. It is funded by the Scottish Government and delivered by Zero Waste Scotland.
  • More information on all Zero Waste Scotland’s programmes can be found . You can also keep up to date with the latest from Zero Waste Scotland though via our social media channels - Twitter | Facebook | Google PlusLinkedIn
  • Resource Efficient Scotland can also be referred to as “a programme of Zero Waste Scotland.”
  • Contact Resource Efficient Scotland on 0808 808 2268, open 9.00am - 5.00pm Monday to Friday.
  • The Resource Efficiency Pledge asks businesses and organisations to show their commitment to the environment by taking action to make more efficient use of energy, water and raw materials.
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