Dubai Airports cuts waste sent to landfills by 60%

Dubai Airports cuts waste sent to landfills by 60%

Operator composts more than 2,000 tonnes of food waste a year

Dubai Airports, the operator of Dubai International (DXB) and Dubai World Central (DWC), has announced a 60% reduction in waste sent to landfills from DXB.

This achievement marks a significant leap in Dubai Airports’ broader sustainability goal to reduce DXB’s carbon footprint, while setting an industry standard and inspiring its customers to be more environmentally conscious.

Dubai Airports’ waste management initiative outlined an innovative food waste treatment plan to capture and compost more than 2,000 tonnes of food waste annually from food and beverage outlets, lounges and hotels across DXB terminals and concourses.

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Dubai Airports chief executive Paul Griffiths commented: "Sustainable waste management is a crucial step in mitigating environmental impact and reducing our ecological footprint. Diverting 60% of our waste from landfills is testament to our collaborative efforts with stakeholders at DXB and highlights our commitment to sustainable practices and the UAE’s broader sustainability agenda, aimed at achieving net zero by 2050. We’ll continue to launch initiatives like this so we can continue to create a better tomorrow, together.”

Dubai Airports partnered with BEEAH Group to create and implement the food waste plan. The project was structured in three phases: the distribution of food waste bins, comprehensive training, and the processing of more than 400 tonnes of food waste yearly since its launch.


Dubai Airports' waste diversion strategies include separation of recyclables at the source, on-site composting of organic materials, and close collaboration with key stakeholders like DXB Hotel, lounge operators and key commercial food and beverage partners, to ensure effective waste management and the highest possible level of diversion from landfills. 

Dubai Airports continues to work with its concessionaires to align operations with its environmental sustainability goals related to waste and water management, and efficient use of electricity.  

A similar collaboration with Emirates Flight Catering, the largest food producer at Dubai Airports, has reinvented itself to recycle glass bottles, compost food waste and reduce waste to landfills.

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