Synthesis of Information Related to Airport Practices. Topic S02-18. Airport Waste Management and Recycling Practices

Airport managers, their environmental/sustainability staff, and their airline liaisons continue to request information on the accomplishments and activities of the industry with regard to waste management and recycling. Industry organizations and Airport Cooperative Research Program (ACRP) have conducted surveys in an attempt to collect, evaluate, and disseminate this information. However, a single resource has yet to emerge for industry reference. In addition, the industry is looking for aviation-specific standard methods for calculating recycling and diversion rates and other metrics used for program and facility comparisons. Recycling, composting, food donation, reuse, and waste reduction are important aspects of ongoing waste management activities at airports to reduce landfill disposal and associated costs, as well as environmental impacts. Each waste management strategy poses its own challenges associated with logistics, regulations, infrastructure, contracting, finances, and safety. As a result, airport waste management programs vary and airports are looking for information about successful efforts to incorporate in their own plans and actions. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Modernization and Reform Act of 2012 (FMRA) expanded the definition of airport planning to include “developing a plan for recycling and minimizing the generation of airport solid waste” and added a provision requiring airports preparing a master plan to address issues related to solid waste recycling. Therefore, the interest in best practices related to waste management and recycling at airports is widespread and has generated broad interest in related information. Many airports are eager to meet their obligations under FMRA and wish to conserve resources by tapping into previous work (rather than “reinventing the wheel”). Through literature review and interviews, the researcher will collect information and document examples of airports of all sizes, operation levels, and geographic locations with effective waste management practices that include diversion. The information collected will include a high level of detail, for example: (1) Description of the airport’s waste management program; (2) Age and timeline of program; (3) Strategies included in the program (recycling, composting, food donation, waste reduction, reuse, etc.); (4) Estimated total waste generated at the airport; (5) Estimated volume of waste to landfill; estimated volume of waste diverted from the landfill (and a breakdown by volume of the diversion strategies, where possible); (6) Available waste audit/waste sort results; (7) Description of capital investments and infrastructure utilized under the program; (8) Description of contracting relationships impacting the program; (9) Operation and maintenance requirements of the program; metrics monitored (for example, contamination rate) and calculation methods; (10) Local and state requirements impacting the program; and (11) General assessment of the successes and challenges of the program.

Language

  • English

Project

  • Status: Active
  • Funding: $45000
  • Contract Numbers:

    Project 11-03, Topic S02-18

  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Airport Cooperative Research Program

    Transportation Research Board
    500 Fifth Street, NW
    Washington, DC    20001

    Federal Aviation Administration

    800 Independence Avenue, SW
    Washington, DC  United States  20591
  • Project Managers:

    Helms, Thomas

  • Start Date: 20170101
  • Expected Completion Date: 0
  • Actual Completion Date: 0
  • Source Data: RiP Project 41353

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01619950
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Transportation Research Board
  • Contract Numbers: Project 11-03, Topic S02-18
  • Files: TRB, RiP
  • Created Date: Dec 24 2016 1:00AM