Dubai Airports has set a goal to reduce the amount of waste being sent to landfill from Dubai International Airport by 60 per cent.

The new waste management programme was launched on June 5, World Environment Day 2022, and aims to hit its goal of cutting landfill waste by summer next year.

The programme includes a food waste treatment plan that will collect and compost the more than 2,000 tonnes created by the airport’s restaurants, lounges and hotels.

Food left to decompose in landfills creates methane gas, a chemical compound 72 times more harmful to the environment than carbon dioxide.

Dubai Airports is working with Sharjah recycling company Beeah, which uses a biodigester compost system to rapidly break down leftover food into compost and clean wastewater. This system has been installed across the airport.

The programme has already reduced food waste by more than 40 per cent, and spurred the implementation of an initiative that collects 100 per cent of cooking oil used by the outlets to convert it to biodiesel fuel. (The National)