Airport activity generates a significant amount of waste, for the most part waste similar to municipal waste, but also some hazardous waste. All of this is dealt with pursuant to prevailing legislation, with transporters and managers authorised by the Agència de Residuos de Catalunya (Catalonian Waste Agency).
Barcelona-El Prat airport's waste management is based on the following priorities:
- Reduce waste generation in the activities of Aena.
- Reduce generation of banal waste (remaining fraction) in all the airport's facilities, particularly that due to the commercial activity.
- Control and monitoring all type so waste generated in all the airport's activities (control of contractors and concession holders) to ensure the correct separation, collection and external management of all the waste.