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SUSTAINABILITY
What within your current recycling
plan is working? What is not?

Do you have the right team to devote
to optimizing your program?

Typically, waste and recycling are not top of mind until
something goes awry or costs begin to rise. Therefore, it is
essential to learn what problems the facility is looking to solve
from the beginning. For example, are you concerned that
there is too much garbage piling up before your designated
removal day? Or, is your concern that the current recycling
program is not effectively streaming the proper materials and
bettering your bottom line?
Even if you think your dedicated program is efficient
enough with handling recyclables, did you know that a single
piece of contaminated material can send an entire batch of
recyclables to landfills and lead to costly contamination fees?
Types of products that contaminate streams may be surprising
to some:
* Plastic bags: Thin plastic bags can clog recycling equipment,
which can cause significant delays at facilities.
* Food and liquid residue: Recyclables that contain more
than 8 percent of food residue should not be recycled. Food
and liquid residue commonly includes take-out containers,
greasy pizza boxes, bottle, and jars that have not been rinsed.
* Used paper and plastic products: These materials cannot
be recycled if they are used. If composting is part of your
plan, these can be included in those bins.
* Non-recyclable plastics: Be sure to check with your local
facility to see what types of plastics they accept, as many
don't take plastics 3-7.
* Disposable cups: Most single-use cups are lined with a
polyethylene film, which renders it non-recyclable because
of the inability to separate the plastic film from the paper
material.
* Plastic straws: Even though airports are beginning to phase
them out, plastic straws are not accepted by many facilities
due to their size and f lexibility, which can get stuck in
machinery.
* Broken glass: Broken glass is not only dangerous to your
employees but for sorters at any facility.
The root of contamination tends to be single stream
recycling, which involves combining all materials, paper,
plastic, glass, metals, and cardboard, during the initial
recycling process. It also happens to be the most popular
method for corporations and residential programs alike.
However, because of contamination, inefficient sorting and
consumer error, only 20 percent of recycled materials end
up being recycled appropriately with this program. This
inefficiency has forced the nation's largest recyclers to close
around 21 percent of their single-stream facilities within the
last two years.
There are other options, such as the clean stream process,
also known as multi-stream recycling, which consists of
separating recyclables into different containers right at the
location instead of combining everything in one garbage bag
or container. While effective, the program is an involved
process to build from the ground up. In order for a clean
stream program to receive optimum results, it is recommended
to bring in a third-party company to assist.

Successful waste and recycling programs are determined by
well-trained employees who are willing to put in the work.
That said, it is an involved process to not only train employees
on a new program but to have them commit to assisting with
the optimization.
From the C-Suite to facilities management, every person
on the payroll has a part to play in identifying opportunities for
improvement within each department. Luckily, success does
not have to rely solely on the hard work of your employees,
who are already committed to one job. Third-party resources
dedicate themselves to coming in and not only assisting with
the initial setup, but can help with processes such as billing
mitigations, on-site employee training, receptacle replacement,
signage and more. It is important to get these elements right
the first time, primarily since once they are in place, half of the
success relies on customers who are moving quickly through
the facility each day.
There are endless opportunities for airports to optimize
their waste and recycling programs. Implementing a proper
program takes time and additional resources. Be sure to keep
these key considerations in mind when deciding what is best
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Airport Business

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Airport Business

Inside the Fence: Statistically Speaking...
Industry Update
The FBO Customer Experience Beyond COVID-19
Switching Seats: COVID-19's Impact on the Terminal
Data Security and Privacy at Commercial Airports
A Private Affair
Creating Quality Customer Service
Designing the 'Airport of the Future'
Will Peer-to-Peer Car Sharing be the Next Disruptor?
An Airport Takes Off
Totally Boggus: Clearing the Air
Proactive Technology Strategies for Airlines to Succeed Post COVID-19
Looking to Upgrade Your Sustainability Practices? Ask These Questions First
Product Profile: Runway Reliability - Stable Soils Make the Difference
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Airport Business - Inside the Fence: Statistically Speaking...
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Airport Business - Industry Update
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Airport Business - The FBO Customer Experience Beyond COVID-19
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Airport Business - Switching Seats: COVID-19's Impact on the Terminal
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Airport Business - Data Security and Privacy at Commercial Airports
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Airport Business - A Private Affair
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Airport Business - Creating Quality Customer Service
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Airport Business - Designing the 'Airport of the Future'
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Airport Business - Will Peer-to-Peer Car Sharing be the Next Disruptor?
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Airport Business - An Airport Takes Off
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Airport Business - Totally Boggus: Clearing the Air
Airport Business - Proactive Technology Strategies for Airlines to Succeed Post COVID-19
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Airport Business - Looking to Upgrade Your Sustainability Practices? Ask These Questions First
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Airport Business - Product Profile: Runway Reliability - Stable Soils Make the Difference
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