London Stansted are set to become one of the first UK based airports to introduce new compostable security bags. Since 2006 the law has required airline passengers to place any aerosols, liquids and gels in see through and resealable bags with hand luggage as long as they are in 100ml containers. But with the approval of the Department for Transport and the Civil Aviation Authority, London Stansted will be trialling new compostable security bags over the course of the Christmas and New Year period.
The trial will be done with the help of the staff of Stansted Airport who will be distributing an estimated 50,000 bags to passengers, who will then be encouraged to give feedback on the new product and its usefulness. The bags themselves are considered to be more sustainable and reduce the airports carbon footprint due to the bags themselves being made from natural materials, meaning the product produces no toxic residue when disposed of correctly.
The Environment Manager of London Stansted, Martin Churley was recently reported to have said:“Trialling new compostable bags is just another example of how we are leading the way in tackling some of the local environmental impacts which come with running this small town that we oversee here at London Stansted.”
Meanwhile, when asked about the current non-compostable bags at the end of 2019, Churley highlighted:“As we reach the end of another busy year, tens of thousands of passengers have been passing through the terminal each day – each with a plastic bag for their liquids, many of which will simply end up in the bin. Our first message to passengers is to think carefully about how often they use the non-recyclable plastic bags. They can obviously be used again for a return flight, but there are plenty of other uses for them if you’re not a frequent flyer, so we’re urging people to avoid throwing them away after they fly.”
Furthermore with regards to the trial, London Stansted has been reported to say that should the consumer feedback be positive over the course of the trial, the 11 million non-compostable bags that the airport currently uses every year will all be replaced with the newer addition immediately.