Metro Airport and Delta expand recycling
Wayne County Airport Authority (WCAA) and
Delta Air Lines have introduced a new public recycling program
at Detroit Metro Airport (DTW). Nearly 70,000 travelers who pass
through DTW’s McNamara Terminal each day will find that the airport’s
trash receptacles have been augmented by divided waste bins to
collect recyclable plastic bottles, metal cans and paper separate
from other trash.
“The new collection, sorting and recycling effort expands a similar
program launched at the North Terminal when it opened in 2008
and will now allow all DTW travelers to participate in this important
environmental effort,” said WCAA interim CEO Genelle Allen.
The Airport Authority and Delta have placed 19 of the new, divided
bins in locations throughout McNamara Terminal concourses A,
B and C. Upon collection by airport maintenance staff, the recyclable
contents of the new bins will be taken to one of four dedicated
recycling dumpsters placed below the terminal, and then on to
a local recycling center. Additional recycling bins may be added
based upon customer participation. For now, the terminal’s existing
trash receptacles will also remain in place.
Nearly 7,080 tons of trash were removed from the McNamara Terminal
in 2009. How much of that waste could have been recycled is not
known, but the Airport Authority and Delta encourage travelers
to help maximize the amount of recyclable material by appropriately
disposing of plastic bottles, metal cans and paper into one of
the new recycling bins.
Both WCAA and Delta have been industry leaders in recycling.
For 9 of the past 10 years, DTW has recycled more aircraft de-icing
fluid than any other airport worldwide. More than 36,000 lbs.
of paper are recycled from airport Authority offices each year
and WCAA has led an initiative to use cooking grease from concessions
as biofuel to power airport service vehicles.
In the air, Delta launched the industry’s first comprehensive
in-flight recycling program for waste collected on domestic flights
into its Atlanta hub in 2007 – a program that has since expanded
to include 24 domestic routes with additions planned for this