Delta recognizes that our customers, flight attendants and employees believe in the importance of recycling. Over eighteen months ago we ventured out to create an In-Flight Recycling Program which collected more than aluminum cans.
On June 1, 2007, Delta became the first US airline to launch a comprehensive recycling program for our domestic flights into Atlanta, Georgia. Flight Attendants collect Aluminum cans, plastic bottles, “Enjoy” plastic trays, plastic beverage cups as well as newspapers and magazines for recycling. Catering and Cabin Service crews play a critical roll in the program by ensuring the materials are placed into dedicated recycling dumpsters.
Historically, our Flight Attendants participated in a “grassroots” recycling program, but became discouraged as pieces fell apart over time. What makes Delta’s new program distinct is that implementation took the coordination of 12 distinct internal organizations, business partners and executive supporters.
This program is my baby & if you will allow me to brag for a moment, we successfully diverted 83 tons of recyclables from Atlanta area landfills between June and September. I even have a few photos:
This mountain of recyclables is a beauty to behold!
When leaving the Hartsfield Jackson Atlanta International Airport, look right for a stunning view of our collection point (shown above).
On September 14th, four additional Delta cities picked-up the program: Portland, Oregon, Seattle, Washington, Salt Lake City, Utah and Cincinnati, Ohio.
What started with a single objective has turned into a fantastic million armed octopus! Recycling opportunities abound. In-Flight recycling is scheduled to expand to all hubs and additional destinations by the end of 2008. Stay tuned there is more to tell!