In February 2019, we were proud to introduce our three-stream waste segregation initiative to the terminal in an effort to segregate recycling, organics and general waste and divert waste from landfill.
Our new bins are located throughout the terminal with signage clearly segregating the types of waste that can be recycled or composted rather than sent to landfill.
We have also been working with our food and beverage tenants to introduce compostable packaging and coffee cups at all outlets, which is now disposed of as organic waste.
While in the early stages of implementation, we are already observing outstanding rates of diversion and success in the segregation of waste generated from the terminal.
Moving forward, we plan to implement more sustainable practices including arrangements to compost coffee grinds,transition to compostable bin liners, and phase out plastic straws.
Hobart’s new by-law on single use plastics and vision to ban use by 2020 will further encourage the use of compostable packaging, which is already proving to be a great success in the terminal.
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.