Waste and water
With 200,000 passengers and 76,000 employees passing through the terminals every day, Heathrow manages a vast amount of waste; over 25,000 tonnes a year, which we believe to be around a quarter of the total waste generated by the airport's operations.
To manage this waste effectively, we are committed to reducing, reusing and recycling as much as possible.
Maximise the reduction, re-use and recycling of our waste.
70% of waste recycled by 2020
The proportion of waste Heathrow recycles (including aircraft cabin waste) is increasing, from 31% in 2012 to 41.7% in 2013. We are working with the regulators and airlines to investigate opportunities to recycle some of our Aircraft Cabin Waste in a compliant manner.
Our pioneering waste analysis (http://youtu.be/fkRX7kc02pE)
Airports use significant volumes of water, and need to manage the release of waste water into sewage systems and local water courses to reduce the risk of environmental impact.
At Heathrow, we are committed to managing water sustainably by sourcing it responsibly, controlling use and efficiency, carefully managing the disposal of water, and monitoring our impacts on the surrounding environment.
Manage our water sustainably by sourcing responsibly, controlling efficiency, managing disposal, and monitoring our impacts
No airport water incidents affecting local rivers and lakes each year
Heathrow caused no water quality environmental incidents in 2012 or 2013.
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Here's how Business In The Community rated our performance in its annual CR Index.
- 4 stars 2015
- 4 stars 2014
- Platinum Big Tick 2013