Case study | Logistics


Flightcare Multiservices has operated for over 50 years and provide varied operational support services at airports, including: ramp handling, aircraft cleaning and washing, catering logistics, media deliveries, security searches, and guarding.


The issue.

Flightcare is responsible for the air-side waste disposal at three UK airports, where the majority of waste generated is from the aircraft cleaning service.

All waste from flights that have travelled outside the EU is classed as ‘Category 1’ International Catering Waste, which is considered high risk. As such, this waste is treated in the same way as hazardous waste and handled by certified supply partners. Waste from EU flights is managed as UK materials

The solution.

In 2012, SWR began managing the waste at three Flightcare sites: Birmingham, Edinburgh and Glasgow.

The requirements of each site are different, and we introduced a tailored service to suit each location specifically, which included introducing Category 1, recycling, and general waste collections. We saved time by simplifying operations and streamlining waste services.

Static compactors were installed at Edinburgh Airport to increase segregation at source and bales significantly reduce the storage space required.

"Introducing waste segregation and recycling collections has enabled Flightcare to improve our green credentials as this becomes more of a priority across airport operations.""
Craig Douglas, Station Manager, Edinburgh Airport
inside airport

The results.

recycling rates 30% recycling rates
Category 1 waste collected 170 Tonnes of Category 1 waste collected in Q1

We also installed a static compactor at Edinburgh airport, with a second machine planned to handle the increase in waste segregation on-site. These compactors save significant storage space as the bales can be stored efficiently.

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