The Recycle Zones initiative aims to encourage people to recycle ‘on the go’ and is to be implemented across the UK.
The scheme is part of a collaboration between the airport, Coca Cola Enterprises and the Waste & Resources Action Programme to roll out recycling projects across the airport. It is hoped the 125 bins provided by the scheme will capture one million plastic bottles and paper waste from the 22m passengers passing through each year.
Manchester Airport environmental advisor Sue Hodnett said: “We have always been proactive in promoting the recycling of materials throughout the airport and we are sure that as the first airport to adopt this initiative, it will be a successful collaboration. The scheme helps us to take advantage of the passengers’ heightened cultural awareness of recycling and we are confident they will be making full use of these facilities.”
CCE vice president Erika Coghlan said: “The innovative way in which the airport has chosen to adopt the scheme will help travellers to recycle during their journey and to understand how that counts as one way to help protect the environment. Recycle Zones make it easy for people to choose to recycle exactly when they need to – just when they’ve finished they’re drink.”
CCE hopes to create several Recycle Zones in other locations by 2011 through a three-year plan. Other targeted Recycle Zones will include major tourist destinations, shopping centres and other international hubs such as Edinburgh Airport.