The pioneer in sustainability of the airport in the city of Salvador, BA, earned the location the first Zero Aterro Airport in Brazil. This means that 100% of the waste generated at that airport is reused as raw material in production processes, according to the concept of the circular economy. The Zero Landfill mark was achieved two years ahead of schedule and is part of the AirPact goals, VINCI Airports global environmental strategy, network of which the airport in the capital of Bahia is part.
The construction of the new Solid Waste Center was one of the actions that allowed the airport to achieve its goal of being Zero Landfill, integrating the operational waste stream to optimize the recovery of recyclable items. The Waste Center operates in such a way that all waste generated is segregated and can be incorporated into production processes, thus eliminating disposal in landfills.
Before VINCI Airports began operations in January 2018, the airport only recovered 1% of your waste, destining 99% to landfill. at the end of the same year, the reuse rate was 34% e, in december of 2019, arrived at 69%. The Concessionaire's goal was to achieve 100% until 2022, but the feat was achieved in January of 2020. To get a sense of the scale of the achievement, only in that month were generated 112,14 tons of waste - weight equivalent to 125 popular cars.
Among the measures implemented for the correct disposal of waste are the implementation of new dumps for selective collection in the passenger terminal, separation of waste throughout the airport community at the time of generation and co-processing of organic and non-recyclable materials, transforming waste into energy and raw material for cement.
To reduce the amount of solid waste generated, Salvador Bahia Airport is implementing the “Plastic Free” Program. The goal is to involve the entire airport community, especially the food and beverage segment, to reduce plastic consumption, what includes bags, cutlery, plates, straws, bowls and napkins. Regarding the use of straws, the idea is to use only reusables, Edible or produced from alternative materials such as paper.
About Salvador Bahia Airport
Located in Salvador, Bahian capital and first Brazilian capital, Salvador Bahia Airport has been part of the VINCI Airports network since 2 of january 2018 through a Concession Agreement with a duration of 30 years old. In the list of the ten busiest airports in the country, it connects the state of Bahia to about 30 Destinations, both domestic and international.
Since the beginning of the Concession, the airport has incorporated global operating standards, seeking to deliver more efficiency, safety and a better travel experience for your passengers. Large investments in a modernization and expansion program led to the extension of 22.000 m² of built area, to the addition of six new boarding bridges, the opening of another runway for commercial aviation and the installation of a fire detection and combat system. Furthermore, the airport is committed to supporting the state's economic development through traffic development and tourism stimulus initiatives.
Recognized as a green airport by the International Council of Airports, Salvador Bahia Airport stands out for its achievements in the field of sustainability, including the first zero wastewater airport, adoption of measures aimed at energy efficiency, and the reduction of 90% collisions with damage between birds and aircraft from the implementation of Fauna Risk Management. The initiatives are in line with VINCI Airports' commitment to reducing its ecological footprint. The Airport also seeks to value and promote the cultural and social specificities of Bahia, one of your great assets.