Townsville Airport Unveils New Recycling Program

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Tuesday 9 November 2010

Townsville Airport has today unveiled a new recycling program within the terminal, aimed at encouraging proactive away from home recycling behavior by passengers and visitors.
The new program is a combined initiative of Townsville Airport and the Australian Food and Grocery Council‟s Packaging and Stewardship Forum (PSF). It has seen installation of five recycling bins throughout the airport to recycle bottles, cans and newspapers.
Townsville Airport Chief Operating Officer Kevin Gill said the airport had been working with PSF for some time to ensure the recycling program was successfully implemented within the terminal.
“Last financial year we welcomed almost 1.6 million passengers through our doors so it‟s fantastic that we will now be able to actively encourage environmental awareness amongst our passengers.
“The successful implementation of this program has been a key target of our Airport Environment Strategy and we applaud the PSF for their ongoing support and commitment to this initiative,” Mr Gill said.
Federal Member for Herbert Ewen Jones commended Townsville Airport for introducing the recycling program for passengers.
“Residents of Townsville have recycling bins at home and it is important they have access to recycling bins at public places as well.
“I hope this initiative encourages more people to recycle their glasses and bottles.”
Each bin carries the PSF and QLD Government developed message, „Do the Right Thing, Use the Right Bin‟, encouraging people to think of the environment and recycle.
PSF General Manager, Jenny Pickles, said that to date the PSF had installed new recycling systems at Brisbane Airport‟s Virgin Terminal and Brisbane International Airport (in partnership with the Queensland Department of Environment and Resource Management), Rockhampton, Mackay, Cairns and Gold Coast Airports.
“Townsville Airport has completed the picture. Through the new systems that we have installed in Queensland‟s Brisbane and regional airports, more than 19.6 million passengers and visitors through these terminals annually will now have access to recycling services,” said Ms Pickles.
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Packaging Stewardship Forum: The PSF is a forum of the Australian Food and Grocery Council. It partners with government, industry and business to deliver industry recycling, litter reduction and education programs across Australia. The PSF does this on behalf of its members, Australia’s major beverage companies and their suppliers. PSF members are Amcor. Bundaberg Brewed Drinks, Coca Cola Amatil, Fosters, Golden Circle, Lion Nathan, Owens-Illinois, Schweppes and Visy.