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Belfast International Airport donating toiletries discarded at airport security to those in need

By Claire Williamson

Published 09/02/2016

Every day three bin liners are filled with toiletries that don't make it through security.
Every day three bin liners are filled with toiletries that don't make it through security.

Ever wondered what happens to the hundreds of toiletries discarded at airport security?

Well, Belfast International Airport are handing over all shampoos, creams, deodorants, pastes and gels left behind by passengers to charity to then be distributed to people in need.

People often forget what they are allowed to bring with them and the item will be confiscated as passengers make their way through airport security.

ICTS aviation security company staff collect the toiletries if they are over 100mls.

Hundreds of items are collected every day - enough to fill three black bin liners.

The items are held for a time before being earmarked for disposal.

But now instead of disposing them - Belfast International Airport are giving them to Christians Against Poverty for distribution.

Belfast International Airport said only sealed items would be distributed.

Centre manager at the Larne-based charity Wendy Davison was presented with the first batch of toiletries by Chris Armstrong, ICTS, and Uel Hoey, Business Development Director of Belfast International Airport.

Ms Davison said: “I think it’s fantastic that they’re willing to donate all these items which are going to have a huge impact in our local community.

“We work with people who have debt issues and we help them build a budget around their income and expenditure. Food is the first priority and comes before toiletries.

"So, getting regular consignments of toiletries from the airport for people who cannot afford to buy them will have a very positive effect in struggling households.

“You’d have no idea of the volume of items collected on a weekly basis. We were totally surprised.

"Anything over and above what we can’t use, we’ll share with other organisations such as the Simon Community, the Trustle Trust Food Bank and the Salvation Army, so everything we get will find a good home.”

Chris Armstrong of ICTS said: "The ‘mountain’ of material we collect will now be put to very good use, and we’re delighted to be involved in this very worthwhile effort.

“Given the list of organisations working with CAP, I know all of what we collect and hand over will help make life that little bit easier for people struggling to make ends meet.”

Belfast International Airport Business Development Director, Uel Hoey, said: “We’re delighted to help in whatever way we can. Toiletries are expensive and for many people who are hard-pressed, they are luxuries in the household.

"Now, these shampoos, pastes, creams can be put to good use and not be discarded as before.”

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