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Recycling 2018, 3(1), 6; doi:10.3390/recycling3010006

Sustainable Airport Waste Management: The Case of Kansai International Airport

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School of Tourism and Hospitality Management, Suan Dusit University, Huahin, Prachaup Khiri Khan 77110, Thailand
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School of Engineering, RMIT University, Melbourne VIC 3000, Australia
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Received: 3 January 2018 / Revised: 26 January 2018 / Accepted: 31 January 2018 / Published: 3 February 2018
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Abstract

The global air transport industry is predicted to continue its rapid growth. A by-product of air transport operations, however, is the substantial volumes of waste generated at airports. To mitigate the environmental impact of waste and to comply with regulatory requirements, airports are increasingly implementing sustainable waste management policies and systems. Using an in-depth case study research design, this study has examined waste management at Kansai International Airport from 2002 to 2015. Throughout its history the airport has implemented world best practices to achieve its goal of being an eco-friendly airport. The qualitative data gathered for the study were analysed using document analysis. The quantitative data were analysed using t-tests. Statistically significant results were found in the reduction in waste per passenger and aircraft movement (for total waste, incinerated waste, and landfill waste). In addition, a statistically significant increase in the proportion of waste recycled, and a decrease in the proportion of waste sent to landfill was observed. As such, quantitatively speaking, Kansai International Airport has shown significant waste management improvements. The study concludes that Kansai Airport’s waste management approaches and policies can be transferred to other airport facilities. This would greatly improve sustainability across airports, globally. View Full-Text
Keywords: airlines; airports; case study; Kansai International Airport; landfill waste; non-combustibles waste; recycled waste; sustainable waste management airlines; airports; case study; Kansai International Airport; landfill waste; non-combustibles waste; recycled waste; sustainable waste management
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Baxter, G.; Srisaeng, P.; Wild, G. Sustainable Airport Waste Management: The Case of Kansai International Airport. Recycling 2018, 3, 6.

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