5 OCTOBER 2020
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AGS Airports Ltd, the operator of Aberdeen, Glasgow and Southampton airports, has become the first UK airport group to trial a new Oxo-Biodegradable 100ml security bag.
These are now available free of charge to passengers in the security areas. Up to now more than two million single-use plastic bags are used annually across the three airports, most going to waste.
The technology involved ensures the product will begin to degrade over a selected period of time – between 17 and 24 months of a bag’s lifespan – down to a natural bio-mass rather than the more damaging micro-plastics associated with single-use alternatives. Each bag can also be reused and recycled prior to the beginning of the degrading period.
Mark Johnston, Chief Operating Officer at AGS Airports Ltd, said: “Finding a suitable alternative that met both our security and operational requirements while retaining the necessary resilience the bags require was a challenge, so we’re really pleased to be able to trial a product that can not only be re-used and recycled, but also provides our passengers with the assurance that they are also supporting our efforts to support the environment.”
Graeme Stewart, Chief Executive of Luggage-Point spin-off Enviro-Point, said: “We have a long and trusted relationship with AGS through our association via Luggage-Point and I am delighted to see the group become the first in the UK to provide Oxo-Biodegradable liquid bags within their airports.
“Despite the current challenges facing the aviation industry, it is vital that we do not lose sight of environmental issues and as AGS has demonstrated, positive changes can still be made during these difficult times. I hope to witness further airports making the same positive change by introducing Enviro-Point's Oxo-Biodegradable liquid bags, as small changes can often have the largest impact.”
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