It’s been 12 months since we introduced our three-stream waste segregation system to our terminal with an ambitious goal of diverting 25% of general waste from landfill by 2025.
The initiative aligned with the introduction of terminal-wide compostable packaging in all food and beverage outlets and has evolved to include the diversion of airline magazine biosecurity waste from landfill.
We are thrilled to have exceeded our target in the first year, reaching 29% diversion of waste from landfill in January 2020, and are now looking to expand waste reduction initiatives across our airport precinct.
Our Environment Manager, Kirsten Leggett will be discussing the system in more detail at the Rethink Packaging conference in Hobart on Tuesday, 17 March 2020. For more information or to purchase tickets to the conference, visit: https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/rethink-packaging-tickets-91080102037
Camera traps are also used to monitor the movements and better understand the behaviour of animals in the airport environment.
Since the installation of camera traps in early 2016, images collected have shown that many threatened species use the environment around and within the airport boundary including the Tasmanian Devil, the Spotted quoll and the Tasmanian bettong.
We recognise our role in protecting the biodiversity of the airport and Tasmania more broadly and are confident this technology will assist us in doing so.
Initial testing of virtual fencing devices in Tasmania has seen a 50 per cent reduction in road kill deaths over a three-year period and has been instrumental in protecting the remaining Tasmanian Devil population.
The virtual fencing will be monitored by Hobart Airport’s environment team to capture and report data on the rates of roadkill deaths in the area and better understand the behaviour of the animals that call the airport home.