Some of the SEA activities consist of the management of the waste disposal cycle, from collection to a landfill.
The total production of waste in 2020 was equal to 1,415 tonnes at Linate and 2,778 tonnes at Malpensa.
The separated collection
Again in 2020, SEA confirmed its commitment to the separated collection of municipal urban waste at the Linate and Malpensa airports. Currently, separated collection is implemented for: paper, cardboard, wood, glass, plastic, metal, toner, organic waste and batteries at the areas of the airport open to the public. Separate waste collection was equal to 73.1% at Linate and 41.2% at Malpensa, including the separate collection of special waste, registering an increase of 7.3 units at Linate and 3.3 units at Malpensa compared to 2019.
All special waste produced is separated by type, with specific contracts with companies authorized for the management of such (for example: IT equipment, oils, emulsions, irons, paints, etc.). It is therefore entirely separated by type and disposed of, recycled according to the applicable regulations and the technological standards of the treatment plant to which it is conferred. The dry residual portion of urban waste produced at both airports is disposed of in energy recovery thermal-destruction plant; the separated portion of waste is however allocated to specific recovery and recycling plant (disposal collection and transport or recovery by the Municipality). Special waste is predominantly transferred, depending on its specific characteristics, to recovery plants. In case of waste with unsuitable properties (e.g. sewage purging), the waste is transferred to final disposal plants for collection, transport and disposal or recovery by specialized or authorized companies.