GVK Mumbai International Airport Ltd (MIAL) managing the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport (CSMIA) has announced becoming 100% single-use plastic free. MIAL has claimed introducing and implementing a 360-degree plastic ban as per the guidelines provided by the Government of India. Since the Government of Maharashtra’s statewide prohibition on single-use plastic in July 2018, the airport has tirelessly collaborated with all its stakeholders including the Airlines, Concessionaires, F&B and Retail outlets, Duty-free, aircraft ground handlers and the public and private offices, respectively on the elimination of plastic across both its terminals.
Airport adopted various recycling initiatives to drastically reduce the impact of plastic waste on the environment. All the waste generated from airport operations is being collected, segregated at source, stored and disposed as per the regulatory requirements. Techniques such as waste minimization, segregation at source, improved operational efficiency, recycling and reuse are practiced by MIAL proactively. The initiatives such as PET bottle recycling machines – Reverse Vending Machine (RVM) at both terminals, Eco bins for electronic waste and an in-house Organic Waste Composting are implemented at CSMIA.