Mactan-Cebu International Airport is PHL’s 1st plastics-free airport

Mactan-Cebu Airport plastics-free
The world’s first resort airport is now practicing plastics-free dining and packaging. Credits to Mactan-Cebu International Airport.

Mactan-Cebu International Airport (MCIA) achieved another milestone in its sustainability program as the first plastics-free airport in the Philippines.

The award-winning resort airport in Cebu announced on September 11 its progress towards efforts to be a plastics-free airport in line with the “Going Green Campaign”.

Andrew Acquaah-Harrison, Chief Executive Advisor of GMR Megawide Cebu Airport Corporation (GMCAC), shared in an MCIA report that this latest development is based on the commitment of the airport management and their concessionaires for a sustainable and environmentally-friendly airport facility for all the passengers.

“We took this step forward starting with our commercial partners as our commitment to environmental sustainability,” said Acquaah-Harrison.

The “Going Green Campaign” had the airport management prohibiting all shops and restaurants located in Terminals 1 and 2 from using non-biodegradable single-use plastics and polystyrene containers.

The dining establishments inside the airport hub as well as the customers are highly encouraged to use reusable and eco-friendly containers.

The multi-awarded solar-powered airport is now also the country’s first plastics-free airport. Credits to MCIA.

The combined efforts of the airport management and the commercial partners successfully reduced by 30% of the facility’s monthly plastic garbage.

At present, 80% of the airport concessionaires have already switched to sustainability practices and have started using biodegradable alternatives.

The world’s first resort airport hailed as the Asia Pacific Medium Airport of the Year in 2018, is also planning to strengthen its sustainable travel campaign as part of its commitment to continue educating stakeholders and concessionaires on the harmful effect of using plastics.

The MCIA, the 2019 International Architecture Awardee, has been using 6,300 solar panels installed in Terminal 1 for electricity supply since 2017, marking it as the first solar-powered airport in the country.

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Atom L. Pornel
Atom Pornel is a tourism and broadcast journalism major who loves local art and heritage and is passionate about anything good news from the Philippines. Born from a Bicolano-Odionganon father and Waray mother, he has grown appreciation of our diversity as nation.