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Waste and water


With 200,000 passengers and 76,000 employees passing through the terminals every day, Heathrow manages a vast amount of waste; over 25,000 tonnes a year, which we believe to be around a quarter of the total waste generated by the airport's operations.

To manage this waste effectively, we are committed to reducing, reusing and recycling as much as possible.





Our ambition

Maximise the reduction, re-use and recycling of our waste.




70% of waste recycled  by 2020

Performance: The proportion of waste Heathrow recycles (including aircraft cabin waste)  is increasing, from 31% in 2012 to 41.7% in 2013.  We are working with the regulators and airlines to investigate opportunities to recycle some of our Aircraft Cabin Waste in a compliant manner


10% reduction in waste per passenger by 2020 compared to a 2008 baseline (0.44kg/passenger)

Performance: Between 2012 and 2013, waste per passenger reduced by 2.3% from 0.38kg to 0.37kg

Recycle 90% construction waste by 2020

Performance: 99% in 2013


For more information on our approach to managing Waste at Heathrow see;

Our briefing Towards a sustainable Heathrow - A Focus on Waste

Our pioneering waste analysis ( http://youtu.be/fkRX7kc02pE)



Airports use significant volumes of water, and need to manage the release of waste water into sewage systems and local water courses to reduce the risk of environmental impact.

At Heathrow, we are committed to managing water sustainably by sourcing it responsibly, controlling use and efficiency, carefully managing the disposal of water, and monitoring our impacts on the surrounding environment.

Our Ambition: Manage our water sustainably by sourcing responsibly, controlling efficiency, managing disposal, and monitoring our impacts.


No airport water incidents affecting local rivers and lakes each year

Performance: Heathrow caused no water quality environmental incidents in 2012 or 2013


Work with partners to retain the Wildlife Trust Biodiversity Benchmark annually 

Performance: Heathrow has achieved the Benchmark for 6 years running

Reduce water consumption per passenger by 2020

Performance: Heathrow achieved a 3% reduction in water consumption per passenger from 0.032 M3 in 2012 to 0.031M3 in 2013

Key for performance as at January 2014 

 - Behind progress

 - On track

 - Complete


For more information on our approach to managing Water at Heathrow see;

Our annual Biodiversity newsletter to stakeholders

Our biological monitoring reports