Mactan-Cebu International Airport (MCIA) has shown tremendous progress in its Going Green Campaign after banning the use of non-biodegradable single-use plastics and polystyrene containers in restaurants and shops inside the hub.
Starting this year, GMR MEGAWIDE Cebu Airport Corporation (GMCAC) prohibited its concessionaires from using the non-biodegradable single-use plastics and polystyrene containers in restaurants and retail stores located in Terminals 1 and 2. Under the policy, GMCAC encourages the use of eco-friendly and reusable substitutes. To date, 80% of the concessionaires are already using biodegradable alternatives such as plant starch utensils, paper cups and straws, wood stirrers, paper bags, and carton boxes for takeaway food.
“We took this step forward, starting with our commercial partners, as our commitment to environmental sustainability,” said GMCAC Chief Executive Advisor Andrew Acquaah-Harrison.
“In 2018, MCIA produced a monthly average of 3,500-kilograms (kgs) of plastic waste from its restaurants and shops. Now, this is down by close to 30% or a decrease of around 12,000-kgs per year,” Harrison added.
GMCAC also holds regular information and education campaigns for all airport concessionaires and stakeholders to raise awareness on the impacts of plastic use on the environment.
Meanwhile, GMCAC underlined its other initiatives as part of its commitment to environmental sustainability. Since August 2017, GMCAC has been using 6,300 solar panels on the roof of Terminal 1, providing 30% of the electricity requirements of the domestic terminal. This made MCIA the first solar-powered airport in the Philippines.