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Article from BTNews 22 NOVEMBER 2021

Reverse Vending (recycling)

Glasgow Airport has installed two Reverse Vending Machines as part of a pilot project to encourage passengers and staff to recycle more of their cans and bottles.

The project has been in operation nearly a month and the results will be known shortly.

Introduced in partnership with the airport’s waste management partner Biffa, two machines have been placed on the first-floor area next to the e-gate entrance to the security hall and in the main area of the departure lounge.

It is hoped that the installation of the machines will help to boost recycling by passengers and staff within the airport by providing a dedicated return point for cans and bottles.

The machines, which can each accept 320 plastic bottles and 650 cans, were brought in on a trial basis to coincide with the COP26 summit on climate change and ahead of the introduction of the Scottish Government’s Deposit Return Scheme, which is due to begin next summer.

Although the Deposit Return Scheme won’t go live until next year, Glasgow Airport has agreed to donate 5p for each bottle or can deposited in the machines during the four-week trial to an environmentally-themed charity or project.

Kirsty Webster, Sustainability Manager at Glasgow Airport, said: “One of the key aims of our strategy is to ban all unavoidable single-use products within the airport by 2022. We’ve made great progress in this area already with the introduction of a number of water refill stations within the airport as well as pre-security sinks where passenger can empty their water bottles and carry them through security rather than just dispose of them.

“The introduction of the Reverse Vending Machines further complements the work already being done to reduce unnecessary waste and will help ensure cleaner, better-quality recycling and encourage passengers and staff to recycle even more.”

www.glasgowairport.com

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