International Journal of Environmental Sciences

Volume 6 Issue 1 2015- July 2015  Pages: 179- 186 <<Previous    Next>>

Aviation waste management: An insight

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Prashant Mehta- Assistant Professor, National Law University, Jodhpur


Today’s there is unprecedented growth in worldwide tourism, domestic and international movement of goods and services, and mobility becomes an integral factor in lives of people both for recreation and professional reasons. This would not be possible without exponential growth of air transport industry and associated services. As a result commercial aviation today becomes one of the fastest-growing industries in the world. With such growth it is important that aviation of any nature across the globe is safe, comfortable, eco friendly, and imbibes universal hygiene principles in its overall operations. The potentially large environmental impact of aviation industry particularly airports in terms of air quality, noise, and handling of solid hazardous solid wastes, needs to be addressed by developing more sustainable environmental practices followed by its management, and safe disposal. Be it from managing infections due to ever growing burden disposed solid waste, exposure to hazardous materials, noise etc. Technical progress and new developments in aviation industry often goes hand in hand with developments in new environmental and waste recycling technologies for maintaining hygiene and protection of environment both on the ground and in air. As more and more waste related legislation are passed with stringent measures, airports and airlines are struggling to modernize their obsolete waste management systems and recovery processes. Aviation industry is therefore considering to swiftly implementing wide range of measures to keep the environmental impacts to minimum. In the context of above discussion my paper briefly identifies various categories of wastes generated by airlines, airports, and related industry (with emphasis on India) and how such waste generated at airports can be effectively handled for maintaining the sustainable ecosystem at the airports and the surrounding areas.

Keywords: Solid Waste; Waste composition; Recycling; Environmental Management; Food Waste; Airline Industry, Waste Recycling


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