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Steps are taken to make the runway greener
The Mactan-Cebu International Airport (MCIA) efforts to go green are paving the way to make them the first plastic-free runway in the country.
Beginning in 2019, GMR Megawide Cebu Airport Corporation (GMCAC) has forbidden the use of non-biodegradable single-use plastics and polystyrene containers in restaurants and shops in the terminals to achieve a sustainable environment.
“We took this step forward starting with our commercial partners as our commitment to environmental sustainability,” said GMCAC chief executive advisor Andrew Acquaah-Harrison on Wednesday.
Currently, eighty percent of the concessionaires are already using biodegradable alternatives such as plant starch utensils, paper cups and straws, wood stirrers, paper bags, and carton boxes for takeaway food.
While back in 2018, MCIA produced a monthly average of 3,500 kilograms of plastic wastes from its restaurants and shops. It went down by close to 30 percent or a decrease of around 12,000 kilograms per year.
MCIA is the second busiest international airport in the Philippines, serving Cebu and its neighboring areas. It is known as the world's first international resort-airport.