Recycling Strategies for the Airport Industry

Recycling is a critical aspect of ongoing efforts at airports and airlines to reduce environmental impacts. As airports throughout the country continue to implement and expand recycling programs, consideration should be given to their compatibility with airline recycling programs and the potential for increased recycling of materials from aircraft. Identifying practices and opportunities to improve the types and amount of material recycled from onboard aircraft will serve to further both airlines' and airports' environmental sustainability objectives. Cost-effective recycling of materials from onboard aircraft presents many challenges. From an airline perspective, there are logistical challenges associated with collecting, separating, and storing materials onboard for removal and recycling on the ground. Likewise, airport recycling programs are complicated by varying state and local requirements, local recycling capabilities, airport infrastructure, waste hauling contracts, and airside safety concerns, among other factors. As a result of these complexities, airport recycling programs across the country can vary significantly. The objective of this research is to analyze current airport recycling programs to identify practices to improve the recycling of materials from onboard aircraft, including suggested improvements to increase the amount and type of materials that may be cost-effectively recycled. The research will include consultation with airport and airline environmental managers and research into innovative recycling practices. Given the increased focus on accounting for improved environmental performance, the research should also identify suggested methods to properly allocate credit and economic benefit for recycled materials among the entities engaged in recycling at an airport. The resulting product will be a reference guide for airports contemplating initiating or improving a recycling program that identifies specific measures that can be taken to improve the potential for increased recycling from onboard aircraft. <span>   </span><div></div>

Language

  • English

Project

  • Status: Proposed
  • Funding: $300000.00
  • Contract Numbers:

    Project 2-15

  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Federal Aviation Administration

    800 Independence Avenue, SW
    Washington, DC  United States  20591

    Airport Cooperative Research Program

    Transportation Research Board
    500 Fifth Street, NW
    Washington, DC    20001
  • Project Managers:

    Staba, Gail

  • Start Date: 20090924
  • Expected Completion Date: 0
  • Actual Completion Date: 0
  • Source Data: RiP Project 23652

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01461926
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Transportation Research Board
  • Contract Numbers: Project 2-15
  • Files: TRB, RiP, USDOT
  • Created Date: Jan 3 2013 1:54PM