With your help in 2007, Delta became the first US airline to launch a comprehensive recycling program. Since that time, we have saved roughly 192 trees, recycled more than 16 tons of newsprint, and recycled enough aluminum cans to build a Boeing 747!
In 2008, we’ve been expanding our on board recycling and implementing even more great programs. Take a look:
We’ve expanded our In-Flight Recycling Program
To date we’ve implemented recycling programs in over a dozen cities including Cleveland, Ft. Lauderdale, Los Angeles, Orlando, Portland, Salt Lake City and Seattle, and will continue to expand throughout the year.
We’ve added a dedicated Employee Recycling Center (ERC)
The ERC is located at our World Headquarters in Atlanta and is currently open each Friday, giving employees the opportunity to recycle their materials from home. Our “Green Team” collects and manages mixed paper (cardboard, paperboard, junk-mail, magazines/newspapers and phone books), plastics #1 and #2 and tin/aluminum cans. In just the first four months, the ERC has recycled 37 tons of material (predominantly mixed paper).
We’ve added an Aircraft Carpet Recycling Program
A bonus to implementing the In-Flight Recycling program was greater visibility into the types of trash we generate. One of the more interesting materials was carpet. It turns out that Delta purchases a significant amount of carpet each year to install on board our aircraft. In partnership with Mohawk Aviation Carpet, Delta has implemented a permanent aircraft carpet recovery program. Worn out aircraft carpet is no longer destined for the landfill! Our first shipment went to Mohawk’s recycling/reclamation facility last week. I’ll keep you posted on how things went.
We’ve added an Office Paper Recycling Program
On February 11th of this year we implemented an office paper recycling program at our World Headquarters. Office paper collected from desk-side containers, by our Green Team, is now transported to a designated compactor located at the ERC. In designing the ERC we considered how best to capture work AND home recyclables.
We also have Delta offices across the country who have been recycling office materials (paper/cans/bottles) for quite some time. I’ll share their recycling success stories next time!
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