IGI Airport in Delhi to become India’s first plastic-free airport by December 2019

IGI Airport in Delhi to become India’s first plastic-free airport by December 2019

Rishabh Pachory

Rishabh Pachory

Indira Gandhi International Airport in Delhi is regarded as one of the best airports in the world. With dazzling sights and a mean facade, the fact that IGI is at the top with the other International airports, is no surprise. The airport will turn over a new leaf as it becomes the first airport in India to do away with disposable waste. Over the course of five months, there will be a constant decline in disposable plastic waste at IGI Airport.

What's the update?

The steps by DIAL to make IGI Airport a plastic free airport are part of a larger scheme which is to eliminate the use of disposable plastic waste in all airports in India and subsequently, the entire country.

IGI Airport will definitely benefit from this change as there are a large number of passengers and travellers who usually purchase something from the airport. This is in turn leads to heaps and heaps of plastic waste that is unfit for biodegradation or proper treatment.

What must be kept in mind are that these plastics that are spoken about are single use items- which are mainly given along with supplies, bags that passengers use to secure their luggage and plates, cups and spoons that you get when you purchase food. The majority of plastic comes from stirrers and straws, which are extremely harmful. With the new initiative, IGI will become a more eco-friendly airport.

As per reports, this new change should be fully in place by December this year, but that remains to be seen. In place of plastic- which is mainly given to travellers along with food- the plan is to make use of paper and wood based materials that are not harmful to the environment. In addition to that, the materials used will be compostable material, which lends it some use even after it is thrown away.

In other places as well, DAIL's goal is to make use of paper bags and bio material for takeaways and packed food. To ensure that there are no flouters of this rule, DAIL will also employ a special force solely dedicated to this task and to make sure that the waste is being treated properly.

In IGI, this move is being put to place on a pilot basis. If it does reap the results that DIAL expected, then they will implement it in other airports as well, which will be a major benefactor for the declining environment.