Smarter waste solutions
With more than 20,000 people visiting Christchurch Airport's terminal every day, waste is something our business will always have to deal with. We’re committed to working with all our stakeholders to reduce the amount of waste generated at the airport and enable as much recycling as possible.
Our approach to waste management is based on the principles of the waste hierarchy:
- Refuse (reject)
- Recycle (including composting and recovery)
- Rubbish (landfill)
Recycling plastic containers into asphalt
PlastiPhalt® is an exciting initiative we’re proud to be trialing. Designed to be used like ashphalt, PlastiPhalt® contains plastic chips made from previously unrecyclable oil containers. In partnership with Fulton Hogan we’ve undertaken the first commercial trial, with 250 tonnes of PlastiPhalt® laid at the airport’s fire station. It’s the ultimate test with fire engines weighing up to 60 tonnes driving over it! The PlastiPhalt® surface is expected to last around 15 years and can then be recycled all over again. In 2018 we were a finalist in the ‘Going Circular’ category of the 2018 NZI Sustainable Business Network Awards for this innovative waste solution.
Turning unrecyclable plastic into roads