Nurturing a recycling culture at Lithuanian airports
For the past two years, we have promoted an Environment protection & eco-awareness initiative in the three airports in the country. This programme has targeted the 3 million passengers per year that travel to Lithuania either on business, leisure, personal or other purposes, by inviting them to use sorting bins that are installed in all areas.
With this programme, we seek to nurture recycling habits, motivate eco-awareness and contribute to creating a greener environment. During the past two years, a number of airport passengers have contacted us and begun creating a recycling culture in their businesses and other institutions, such as schools, with the help of the Smurfit Kappa sorting bins.
Since recycling culture was in its infancy in Lithuania and the recycling rate was relatively low, this initiative was created at a great time and now local forecasts estimate a considerable increase in the recycling rate in Lithuanian airports, along with a rise in people’s awareness of the need to recycle.
Gediminas Almantas, CEO of Vilnius Airport comments “This initiative in Lithuanian airports should have started many years ago or maybe a few decades ago. Together with our passengers, we want to protect the environment and reduce the negative impact on it. New sorting bins which are produced from corrugated cardboard are not only aesthetic but also recyclable themselves thus saving resources.”