Friday, July 05, 2019

Delhi airport to soon be free of disposable plastic

New Delhi: In the next five months, Indira Gandhi International (IGI) Airport will become the first in the country to be entirely free of single-use (disposable) plastic. The project covers all three terminals and the airside portion of the airport.
The initiative, in line with India's pledge to eliminate all single-use plastic by 2022, will be replicated in other airports as well.

IGIA currently doesn't allow the use of plastic for grocery bags, food packaging, bottles, straws, containers, cups and cutlery, Delhi International Airport Limited (DIAL) officials said. Outlets in its terminals have replaced single-use plastic with paper and bio-based compostable materials.

DIAL plans to ensure use of smart and bio-friendly packaging for food takeaways and beverages, use of paper or environmental friendly bags for retail shopping and engage key stakeholder groups to raise awareness, enforce, monitor and the measure.

The Bengaluru International Airport has also been taking steps to ban the use of single-use plastic.
DIAL officials said they have been, since a long time, ensuring there is minimal use of single-use plastic items at the airport. In order to eliminate its usage, they have ensured they raise awareness and enhance waste management systems apart from promoting the use of eco-friendly sustainable alternatives.
05/07/19 Pankhuri Yadav/Times of India

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