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Isavia’s recycling practices vary between operating units, the most common system being to split waste into four categories, with paper, plastic and bottles separated from regular waste. Some of our operating units are further along and also recycle organic waste. Hazardous waste is collected separately by every unit. The amount of waste grew substantially in 2016, which was directly linked to the rising number of passengers.

On the basis of a climate action pledge signed by Isavia, the company has set itself targets to reduce unsorted waste from its activities.



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Unsorted per passenger


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Recycled waste


Unsorted waste to landfill




In December 2017, a new waste and recycling system was brought into service in the Leifur Eiriksson’s Air Terminal’s check-in area, with the food-and-beverages area set to follow suit in 2018. The percentage of recycled waste is expected to rise following these changes.


Isavia is a participant in the Green Steps programme monitored by the Environment Agency of Iceland. The programme is designed to help organisations make their activities more eco-friendly, increase employee wellbeing, improve their working conditions, minimise operating costs and implement approved environmental practices. To get the first four steps up to speed, a competition was staged between operating units. A number of them have already taken the first step and two have taken the second one. However, the team at our Communications Centre at Gufunes is the current favourite, having completed four steps and being well on its way to take the fifth and last one.

At Keflavik Airport, we have a facility for the storage of old furniture and other usable items and materials left over from construction at the airport. Equipment is reused, either for spare parts or sent to be used at other airports. One of the Green Steps involves being on the lookout for possible reuse of items and materials.