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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 has grown substantially 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.


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.

Iceland Radio in Gufunes last year became the first Isavia workplace to complete adoption of the fifth and final Green Step and receive ISO14001 certification from the British Standards Institution (BSI) for operating an active environmental management system. One of the ways in which Iceland Radio has gone the extra mile to reduce waste is keeping hens to eat generated organic waste which is not used for composting.

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.