UK's Cardiff Airport has been named as 'zero waste' airport in recognition of its ability to recycle all the waste produced in its everyday operations.
The zero waste to landfill status is claimed to be the result of the airport's effort to manage waste on its premises responsibly.
Cardiff airport has put in place practices that enable disposal of food, plastic packaging, grass cuttings and heavy pieces of old or broken equipment either by recycling or by using waste-to-energy methods.
Additionally, a recently installed fully automatic in-vessel composting system, called The Rocket, converts organic wastes such as food and garden wastes to compost.
The airport said that the aim of its initiative was to ensure that it contributes positively to the wider environment and influences other airports to introduce similar initiative.
Cardiff Airport managing director Debra Barber said: "Thanks to the innovative processes now in place at Cardiff Airport we are able to ensure that absolutely no waste goes to landfill but instead goes towards creating new energy and materials.
"Our aim as an Airport is to become an exemplar of responsible waste management and we look forward as a team to using new technology and innovation to continue on our journey."
Owned by the Welsh government and serving Cardiff and the rest of South, Mid and West Wales, the airport offers over 50 direct routes with more than 900 destinations.
Image: The Rocket converts organic wastes like food and garden wastes to compost. Photo: courtesy of Cardiff International Airport.