A three-month trial of the Containers for Change program starts in Perth Airport’s Terminal 4 (T4) today.
Kate Holsgrove, Perth Airport’s Chief Commercial Officer said the program is projected to divert up to 40,000 eligible containers or about 10 per cent of waste collected from the T4 service yard each month.
The airport has partnered with Scouts WA to collect containers on a regular basis, in return for 6 cents per container through Containers for Change.
Perth Airport community partner, Lifeline WA, will receive 10 cents for every container that is recycled.
“We will be undertaking an educational rollout with passengers, our airline and retail partners to ensure this program is a success,” Holsgrove said.
“We’re really hoping that everyone will do the right thing by putting their eligible bottles and containers in the new bins, which means less landfill and more money for Lifeline WA.”
The airport will roll out the program across all five terminals throughout 2022 if the trial is successful.
“Which means that we’re a step closer to reaching our target of reducing waste to landfill by 20 per cent and increasing recycling by 75 per cent by 2030,” Holsgrove said.
Dedicated bins for Containers for Change eligible containers will be located in Terminal 4 in the check-in, arrivals and departure lounge areas. The new bins are colour-coded and clearly signed to ensure the right items are put in each bin.
Earlier this year, Perth Airport committed to a range of ambitious targets as part of a new Environment, Social, People and Governance (ESPG) Strategy, which included to be carbon neutral by 2030.