Edinburgh Airport partnership scoops recycling award after binning landfill waste

Edinburgh-based partnership lands winning title in Best Food Waste Collection System category of national awards

A partnership between Edinburgh Airport and Specialist Waste Recycling (SWR) has won an award for Best Food Waste Collection System at this year’s ADBA (Anaerobic Digestion and Biogas Association) Industry Awards.
The Airport, whose operations generate around 2,000 tonnes of waste a year from aircraft, maintenance, construction, retail and catering, directly employs more than 600 people – bringing the total number of employees, combined with its partner businesses operating on campus, to 7,000.
With a significant number of catering and food retail businesses in the passenger terminal, food waste accounts for 15% of all waste produced on site.
SWR started working with Edinburgh Airport in 2011 and quickly introduced food waste collections and receycling officers to take responsibility for managing and processing all waste across the estate, including food waste containers.
In 2015, 295 tonnes of food waste was collected and taken to anaerobic digestion plants – the equivalent of four full Airbus A320s in weight.
The partnership achieved compliance of the new Zero Waste Scotland legislation well ahead of the deadline, reaching 100% diversion from landfill in 2015.
As a result, the Airport has recently extended its contract with SWR.
David Coaton, head of account management at SWR, who has worked closely with the airport for the past five years collected the award.
He said: “We’re delighted to have SWR’s work with Edinburgh Airport recognised, especially as the awards highlight innovation and achievement right across the industry.”
Edinburgh Airport’s chief executive, Gordon Dewar, said: “We are absolutely committed to leading the way when it comes to waste management – and this award is a great reflection of the whole team’s commitment to delivering on and exceeding in our environmental responsibilities.”
Now in their fifth year, the ADBA Awards recognise innovation and achievement across all sectors of the anaerobic digestion and biogas industry in the UK and internationally.
The judges said: “The project demonstrated the key traits that innovative food waste collection systems will need to develop in order to advance the UKs national agenda.”
For a full list of the winners, click here.
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