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AAI bans single-use plastic items at 16 airports

NEW DELHI: Being an environmentally-conscious public sector enterprise and to underline its commitment towards corporate social responsibility (CSR), Airports Authority of India (AAI) has decided to make its airports plastic-free by banning the use of single-use plastic items at its airports across the country. Various steps have been undertaken to eliminate thesingle-use plastic items at passenger terminals and city side. These steps include banning of single-use plastic items like straws, plastic cutleries, plastic plates etc.

On the basis of third- party assessment carried out by the Quality Council of India, 16 AAI Airports namely Indore, Bhopal, Ahmedabad, Bhubaneswar, Tirupati, Trichy, Vijayawada, Dehradun, Chandigarh, Vadodara, Madurai, Raipur, Vizag, Pune, Kolkata, Varanasihave been declared single-use plastic free.

AAI is also enhancing its waste management systems and is promoting the use of eco-friendly sustainable alternatives progressively like use of bio-degradable garbage bags in the garbage bins and installation of plastic bottle crushing machine at airports.

AAI airports have also started various awareness campaigns to sensitise all stakeholders specially passengers towards the cause and to drive engagement and cooperation from all of them.

In its quest for making environmental conservation an ingrained organisational mission, Airports Authority of India has formulated an Environment Policy which envisages its commitment for reduction of Green House Gases (GHG) and sustainable development by implementing cost effective carbon mitigation action to conserve environment and reduce adverse impact on society, community and ecosystem thus contributing to national sustainable development goals.

As a part of this policy, AAI is conscious and committed towards sensitizing all employees and stakeholders to fulfil environmental obligation by reducing carbon footprint.

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