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Missouri airport terminal expands recycling program

A comprehensive terminal and concourse recycling program at Lambert-St. Louis International Airport has already seen output double in the first six months since it was implemented earlier this year. Lambert expects to increase output even more with the roll out of dozens of combined single-stream recycling and trash containers for all public areas in the terminals, concourses and parking garages.

Lambert estimates it captured approximately 10 percent of recyclable waste from terminal and concourse operations prior to the launch of the new program. After 6 months, the airport is now capturing 20 percent of recyclable waste. Lambert’s overall recycling rate is higher when other programs are factored in such as the recycling of construction waste, runway rehabilitation waste, equipment and scrap metal.

Lambert has worked with Republic Services, its waste services contractor, to formulate its strategic recycling program. Beginning in March, the airport mapped out new locations and increased the amount of recycling dumpsters on the airside and non-public work areas associated with terminal operations. Lambert expanded collection from separating paper products and drink bottles to a single stream collection system to capture more recyclables such as cardboard, aluminum, paper products and plastics. Along with new equipment, the airport has focused on extensive training for airport staff, tenants and concessionaires.

The newest phase of the program is the roll out of new public containers which opens single stream recycling to the public for the first time at the airport. The new containers will accept more types of recycled materials (mixed recyclables or single stream) than previous containers which only accepted paper or plastic bottles.