The Iberia airline intends to recover 80% of the waste generated on its flights.
The Spanish airline Iberia plans to recover 80% of the waste generated in the cabins of the aircraft in its fleet through the LIFE Zero Cabin Waste project for recycling waste. In the first phase of its implementation, it will be applied to the company's domestic flights.
Objectives of the LIFE Zero Cabin Waste Project
This project pursues four main objectives:
Show that good management practices can improve the current system, facilitating the recovery and recycling of waste generated on the plane.
Prove that Cat. 1 waste can be treated in a more environmentally friendly way, since currently, by Spanish regulations, the treatment for this waste, coming from non-EU countries, is landfill or incineration.
Reduce the associated carbon footprint to the current generation and treatment of waste generated in the cabin.
Replicate the project at Heathrow airport, through standardized protocols. One of the bases of this being its comprehensive approach and replication potential.
Iberia is the largest airline in Spain and operates an international network of services from its base in Madrid. Iberia, with Iberia Regional and Iberia Express, is part of the Iberia Group. They merged with British Airlines (BA) in 2011 in the IAG Group, however both airlines continue to operate under their current brands.
Specifically, this recycling measure is being carried out on flights such as the airlift that connects Madrid and Barcelona and destinations such as Bilbao and A Coruña. It is also being developed on some European routes such as London, Rome, Paris, Geneva, Zurich, Vienna, Dusseldorf and Porto; and it will be gradually extended to other destinations until it reaches all the national and European flights operated by the company.
To this end, Iberia has introduced a new waste management model on board its aircraft through compartmentalized trolleys that make it possible to separate plastic containers, cans and cartons, and paper and cardboard containers from the rest of the waste.
In this way, waste already separated on flights is received in a different way at the Gate Gourmet facilities at Madrid Barajas-Adolfo Suárez Airport, and is subsequently removed by the waste manager, classified by materials and recycled in the respective installations.
This is reported by Iberia
“At Iberia we are changing our waste management system to be able to recycle much more - raising the figure to 80% of what we generate - and, in addition, saving about € 200,000 each year. For now, we have started in Madrid and in the new hangar in Barcelona, but it is planned that, little by little, the new system will be extended to the rest of the delegations in Spain "
With this new formula for the collection and segregation of waste, we hope to contribute to the preservation of the environment and the environment where we work, so we are trying to raise awareness among all our employees to collaborate in this initiative and use the different containers that are being installed in Madrid offices:
- The yellow ones for packaging (plastic bags, bricks, cans ...)
- theblue for paper and cardboard
- and the specificsfor batteries, toner ...
In the workshops and hangars there are also:
- red containers for scrap
- containers whites for large packaging plastics
- differentcollection points for hazardous waste depending on the type and area where it is generated (painting, cleaning, electrolytic baths, mechanics, wheels ...)
- clean points at La Muñoza and at the Cargo Terminal to deposit bulky waste such as seat covers, carpets, seat foam padding, pallets, bulky wooden or cardboard packaging.
There are substances or materials that with time or use become useless for us, but they may have a second chance in other sectors, such askerosene from tank purges -which cement companies take advantage of to obtain caloric energy- andoil -that some companies filter it to remove impurities and be able to reuse it.
Within the new waste management system we have included the control and reduction of:
- the waste generated by the threetreatment plants de La Muñoza: we are improving the quality of the water discharged into public waterways, and looking for new water reuse systems.
- theemissionsatmospheric using, for example, less polluting products.
- thecontaminationoffloors Ywatersunderground of La Muñoza.
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