Cathay Cargo Terminal increases use of recycled plastic in operations


Cathay Cargo Terminal announced it will increase its use of recycled plastic in cargo cover sheets, becoming the first cargo terminal in the city to adopt covers made with 50% recycled materials.

This move builds upon the terminal’s existing sustainability efforts, which include a program to recycle 100% of plastic sheets from import shipments.

The terminal will begin the rollout of the new materials in March 2024. To develop the new sheets, Cathay Cargo Terminal collaborated with its supplier and conducted extensive testing alongside its customer, Cathay Cargo.

Cathay Director Cargo Tom Owen said:

Embracing sustainability is pivotal in shaping the future of air cargo. Our adoption of 50% recycled plastic cargo cover sheets reaffirms Cathay Cargo’s commitment to environmental stewardship and sets a new standard for the industry.

Meanwhile, Cathay Subsidiaries Head of Sustainable Development Michelle Fok added:

The circular economy is an important concept to reduce waste and prolong product lifecycles…We remain committed to working with our suppliers to explore even higher levels of recycled plastic, as well as alternative materials, as part of our long-term goal to reduce plastics in cargo operations.

This initiative reinforces Cathay Cargo Terminal’s leadership in sustainability. In October 2023, the terminal became the first Hong Kong facility to join the IATA Environmental Assessment (IEnvA) program.

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