Waste and resource recovery

In such a busy place, responsibly managing waste is essential. We're committed to reducing and recycling waste produced at the airport. Our airport staff and tenants play an important role meeting this objective.

Section 3.10 of the Airport Environment Strategy 2019-2024 sets out our key objectives in relation to waste and resource recovery, and our action plan sets out how these will be achieved. Our objectives are to minimise waste to landfill by:

  • Avoiding unnecessary resource consumption and waste generation
  • Recovering material and energy from waste including waste reuse, reprocessing and recycling

Waste generated at the airport includes solid and liquid waste streams from terminal buildings, office and commercial buildings, airfield and maintenance areas, and landside access areas. Quarantine waste accounts for a large amount of waste generated on site and is unable to be recycled due to quarantine restrictions and requirements.


Sydney Airport source separates recyclables both within terminals and back of house. Public place recycling facilities are placed throughout the terminals including in food courts and gate lounges (excluding areas affected by quarantine requirements). Plastics and cardboard from retailers and office spaces are also segregated for recycling.

In addition, Sydney Airport requires that its waste services contractor recovers an additional 30 percent of waste, post collection. Recycling and recovery initiatives are implemented in Sydney Airport’s offices to recycle a range of materials such as paper, cardboard, ink cartridges and batteries.

Section 3.10.5 of the Airport Environment Strategy details our five-year waste and resource recovery action plan.