Water, waste & green purchasing
Recycle bins located in T2 and T3
Melbourne Airport recognises the critical importance of water conservation.
In response to recent water shortages, Melbourne Airport has formed a partnership with City West Water to investigate airport water usage patterns and devise initiatives to use water more efficiently. Through this partnership, Melbourne Airport’s Water Management Plan was developed, which has seen the implementation of a range of water-saving initiatives.
The installation of water tanks for the harvesting of rainwater is evident in some buildings in the Melbourne Airport Business Park. This initiative is a requirement for all proposed developments at Melbourne Airport. When combined with other water saving initiatives Melbourne Airport aims to achieve a reduction in potable water use by 15% per passenger by 2013 (baseline Year 2007-08).
StormwaterStormwater from Melbourne Airport flows into the surrounding creeks and waterways. An extensive stormwater monitoring system is in place to ensure the airport’s operations are not negatively impacting these sensitive ecosystems.
All operators at Melbourne Airport are responsible for the correct storage, handling and disposal of their waste.
Melbourne Airport has implemented a recycling program to divert waste from landfill. The two major contributors to this waste are the retail concessionaires and the public using terminal facilities.
To reduce the amount of waste going to landfill, Melbourne Airport has implemented a public place recycling program in Terminals 2, 3 and 4. Construction waste is also being reused or recycled where feasible to do so.
Melbourne Airport is an active member of EcoBuy, a green purchasing organisation. Melbourne Airport purchases, where possible, products which advance the sustainable use of resources and reduces their impact on the environment and human health.