fbpx

News & Blog

Read the latest business news, blogs and thought leadership articles from our members, as well as updates on the Edinburgh Chamber of Commerce's work in the city.

News & Blog

Airport trays set for departure

Posted: 18th September 2020

Old security trays to help airport staff in Africa with security training. 

More than 200 old security trays will be sent from Edinburgh to airports in Africa to help staff train for security inspections.

The trays were taken out of use at Edinburgh earlier this year and will be reused in airports throughout the African continent, rather than being destroyed as the airport continues to improve its sustainability approach.

Many of the airports in Africa currently use improvised trays which can be unhygienic and take longer to process. The donation will greatly impact on the operation of these airports and will help the process of security screening run more efficiently.

The trays are in the process of being cleaned and distributed to Africa by The Westminster Group PLC, a firm the airport partnered with after using the Circular Edinburgh programme which encourages companies to reuse and redistribute items where possible.

The airport has replaced the trays with new antimicrobial ones.

Gordon Robertson, Director of Communications and Sustainability at Edinburgh Airport said:

“Reusing items rather than disposing of them is part of a circular economy that the airport wants to be part of as we continue to improve our sustainability approach, and reusing these trays has the added benefit of allowing staff in other areas of the world to train to the same high standard that our staff do.

“Using Circular Edinburgh to help us reach out to The Westminster Group is a good example of how firms can work together to make our businesses more sustainable and how we can have a positive impact on others.”

Paul Morton, Westminster’s Training & Compliance Director said:

“Westminster are extremely grateful to Edinburgh Airport for the donation of this equipment. Its re-distribution will allow Westminster to enhance and provide additional support to developing countries and airports.”

Mayan Grace, Head of Projects at the Edinburgh Chamber of Commerce said:

“This is a fantastic example of Circular Economy in action and we were delighted to support Edinburgh Airport on their Circular journey and help to promote the reuse of these products.”

Business Comment

Business Comment is the Edinburgh Chamber of Commerce’s bi-monthly magazine. It provides insight on Edinburgh’s vibrant business community, with features on the city’s key sectors, interviews with leading figures and news on new business developments in the capital.
Read more here