Winnipeg Airports Authority Inc. (WAA) is a community-based, non-share capital corporation that operates, manages, maintains and invests in Winnipeg’s community airport, Winnipeg Richardson International.
Sustainability Objectives & Challenges
WAA has embraced the principles of sustainability, aiming to make its everyday business decisions and processes planet conscious and socially responsible. Simply put, sustainability for WAA means doing the right thing for the company, the environment, and the community it serves.
WAA’s approach to environmental sustainability includes taking proactive steps to manage waste produced by the airport. It established a comprehensive waste management program to divert several renewable materials from the landfill, including but not limited to paper and cardboard, glass, aluminum, tin, plastics, electronic waste, writing instruments, old supplies and furnishings, construction and demolition waste, and batteries.
The Solution: Recycle, Reduce and Reuse with Call2Recycle®
In 2012, WAA partnered with Call2Recycle to increase its battery and cellphone recycling activity as part of its efforts to improve its waste diversion rate.
Call2Recycle Canada, Inc. is a not-for-profit organization funded by battery and product manufacturers and retailers committed to environmentally sound recycling of their batteries. The program aims to keep batteries and cellphones out of landfills, and to reduce the need to harvest natural resources by reusing the valuable materials found within these products. Once batteries are collected and sorted through Call2Recycle, they are processed and turned into new batteries, stainless steel products and other products. Cellphones are recycled, refurbished, or resold.
Improper disposal of batteries and cellphones has a negative impact on the environment. Safe disposal, therefore, is very important. Airports use a wide variety of batteries, making them ideal participants for the Call2Recycle program. At the same time, Call2Recycle offers WAA a user-friendly means to collect and dispose of batteries, and meet its waste management objectives.
The program is easy to adopt: once a collection box is filled, it is shipped at no cost to WAA for recycling. Call2Recycle also has an excellent customer service team that is always available to answer questions and support WAA’s initiatives.
WAA employees are encouraged to bring in their batteries from home for safe disposal via the Call2Recycle program. Fourteen collection sites have been established around the airport property, making the program easily accessible to all.
Further extending WAA’s culture of sustainability, the Call2Recycle program also helps the corporation reach a broader audience by providing opportunities for airport visitors to recycle their batteries and cellphones as well. Visitors to the airport can deposit their used household batteries or cellphones in the collection box at the Information Booth located on the Arrivals level of the airport terminal.
So, how has WAA performed? Since 2012, the corporation has increased its battery collection by 89% and has recycled more than 1,200 kilograms of batteries!
Meanwhile, Call2Recycle reached a significant milestone in 2014—collecting 45 million kilograms of batteries across its network of collection sites in Canada and United States since the program started in 1996.
By participating in the Call2Recycle program, WAA is contributing to significant battery diversion from landfill and playing an important role in shaping a more sustainable future.
Sustainability will continue to be a WAA corporate priority, and partnerships like the one with Call2Recycle will continue to be integral to achieving its targets.
“Call2Recycle recognizes WAA as a forward-thinking, eco-friendly organization that is making its mark as an environmentally responsible airport. Internally, as the program continues to grow and participation increases, WAA’s collection numbers will only rise,” says Joe Zenobio, Executive Director, Call2Recycle Canada, Inc.
“Working with Call2Recycle is one more way for WAA to integrate sustainable practices into our everyday business,” says Vince Dancho, Vice President of Operations at Winnipeg Airports Authority. “By reducing the volume of hazardous materials that end up in landfills, we can continue to increase our waste diversion rate and be good environmental stewards.”Share