Dirty materials recovery facility? ...Not so dirty after all

A critical step toward achieving zero waste at an airport is implementing a full stream recycling program that separates all trash, one that Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport is taking, as this article presents. Measures are underway to ensure that more recyclables are recovered, more types of materials are reused, and waste is dealt with efficiently. Three key variables to consider are the number of times materials have been compacted before arriving at the facility; the period of time the materials have had to settle before or after compaction in a commingled state; and the availability of machine operated sorting versus manual labor sorting. For facilities that cannot sort the full waste stream, options exist for developing an on-site recycling facility. Steps for consideration in implementing this sustainable program are outlined, with the end goal being to expand the focus of recycling to explore landfill alternatives by including compostable materials, fiber reclamation and the entire waste stream.


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Media Info

  • Media Type: Print
  • Features: Figures; Photos;
  • Pagination: pp 33-34, 36-37
  • Serial:
    • Airport Magazine
    • Volume: 25
    • Issue Number: 4
    • Publisher: AAAE Service Corporation, Incorporated
    • ISSN: 0744-5326

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01494329
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Sep 24 2013 12:04PM