New Delhi, January 8: Airports Authority of India (AAI) has imposed a ban on single-use plastic items at its 129 airports across the country. The AAI said various steps have been taken to eliminate single-use plastic items at passenger terminals and city side. It said these steps include banning of single-use plastic items like straws, plastic cutlery, plastic plates etc.
The AAI said, on the basis of a third-party assessment carried out by the Quality Council of India (QCI), 16 of its airports have been declared as Single-Use Plastic Free.
The QCI will complete its assessment of total 34 airports, which are managed by the AAI, by 31 of this month. Single-use plastic items are used only once and then thrown in the trash.
The Airports Authority of India (AAI) is planning to use plastic waste to lay or repair roads on the city-side of airports including Chennai.
The move comes after AAI invited a Madiurai-based expert who specialises in using plastic waste to lay road to speak at a programme organized for its engineers recently.
Following the programme, AAI chairman suggested that roads inside the airport could be relaid using plastic waste generated at airports.
A senior AAI official said the initiative was most likely to be tried out in Madurai, Chennai or Thiruvananthapuram where a good amount of plastic waste was generated by the airport and also airlines.