AECOM Environment helps Delta Air lines expand award-winning recycling programs


Source: AECOM

AECOM Environment is working to support Delta Air Lines, Inc., in its expansion of its acclaimed recycling programs to include additional Delta stations as well as the potential to include other Delta subsidiaries. Delta is seeking to broaden its overall waste minimization efforts, decrease landfill waste, and decrease disposal costs.

AECOM is a global provider of professional technical and management support services to a wide range of markets, including transportation, facilities, environmental and energy. Delta is the world’s largest airline, offering service to 370 destinations in 66 countries and serving more than 170 million passengers each year.

In 2007, Delta became the first U.S. airline to launch a comprehensive in-flight recycling program by implementing recycling on all its domestic flights into Atlanta. AECOM Environment helped Delta to originally develop, implement, and train employees on the recycling program. As prime consultant to Delta’s recycling efforts, AECOM Environment conducted a recycling feasibility study and waste stream audit for baseline data collection; developed metrics for Delta’s corporate management; implemented policy and procedures for Delta employees, and helped build broad awareness and acceptance for the program by helping to provide employee outreach and training assistance.

Due to the in-flight recycling program’s successes, Delta and AECOM Environment continued to work with one another to research and then maintain a cost-neutral carpet-recycling program, as well as assist in opening an Employee Recycling Center at Delta’s global headquarters in Atlanta, Georgia, where employees recycle materials (plastics, glass, paper, cardboard, tin and aluminum) from their homes. All three programs were recently recognized with the Atlanta Business Chronicle’s “Green Save Award”, which highlights outstanding and unique environmental conservation in the Atlanta area.

“Given how successful and well-received Delta’s recycling program was for domestic flights into Atlanta, AECOM Environment was extremely pleased to continue to work with Delta on expanding the on-board recycling program, as well as to roll out new programs to additional locations,” said AECOM Environment Project Manager Drew Mathias. “We’re delighted that Delta’s efforts have been recognized with the Green Save Awards and we look forward to collaborating with Delta toward achieving their future waste minimization and sustainable business strategies.”

AECOM Environment’s recycling programs for Delta complements other recent projects in the area of sustainability, including a green building assessment program for a global energy company, a water conservation and waste reduction program for a multinational manufacturing company, and carbon disclosure efforts for a major transportation company.

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