With its high volume of travelers and small cadre of employees, Winnipeg Airports Authority (WAA) faces an unusual challenge when it comes to waste management at the Winnipeg Richardson International Airport. How do you safely dispose of used items such as batteries from small electronics, power tools and toys when the target of your recycling message is constantly changing?
As the community-based operator of Winnipeg Richardson International Airport, WAA was proactive in establishing a waste management program to divert as many materials as it could from the landfill, including batteries. Among the steps toward a more environmentally conscious approach, was an extended battery and cellphones collection program for the airport, through Call2Recycle.
The partnership has taken flight. Since 2012, WAA has increased its battery collections by 89%. Accessibility is a key factor. The airport campus offers 14 collection sites for employees to recycle both single-use and rechargeable batteries. Airport visitors are invited to recycle their used batteries in a collection box at the Information Booth. Employees are encouraged to bring in batteries to recycle from home as well.
WAA recognizes the important role that the Call2Recycle program has in helping it shape a more sustainable future. “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 the landfill, we can continue to increase our waste diversion rate and be good environmental stewards.”
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