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GHIA declares itself as 'single-use plastic free Airport from Mar 1

GHIA declares itself as 'single-use plastic free  Airport from Mar 1

Hyderabad, Mar 17 (UNI) In line with the Government of India’s campaign to phase out Single-use Plastics (SUP) by 2022, GMR led Hyderabad International Airport (GHIA) has declared itself as single-use plastic free Airport from March 1, 2020.

Zero tolerance on usage of single-use plastic has been imposed across the Airport. It includes all concessionaires and service providers operating at the Airport, GHIA said in a release here on Tuesday.

The Airport had been steadily phasing out use of non-recyclable plastic over the past few years and in the final phase, “Single-Use Plastic Free Airport” campaign was initiated in last month during which the airport stakeholders, like the Food and Beverage (F&B) outlets, fully switched over to sustainable eco-friendly alternatives like corn starch plates, wooden spoons and forks; retailers started using only biodegradable boxes and covers to reduce the airport’s plastic footprint.

Besides this, Hyderabad International Airport has also been encouraging eco-friendly products like Jute Bags through its Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) arm GMR Varalakshmi Foundation (GMRVF).

GHIAL CEO S G K Kishore said “In line with Prime Minister Narenda Modi’s vision to abolish all Single-use Plastic (SUP) from India by 2022, GHIAL has declared Hyderabad International Airport to be a Single-Use Plastic Free airport and in addition to phasing out of SUP, we are also promoting eco-friendly alternatives for our service providers/concessionaires besides taking up widespread awareness and sustainability campaigns to integrate the entire airport community to work and preserve the environment.”

Some of the plastic items that are exempted from the list of the phased out items, include Security Tamper Evident Bags (STEBs), sealed PET bottles, pre-packaged materials from manufacturers meant for sale, the release said.


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