Environmental Issues > Recycling Main Page > All Recycling Documents

The U.S. airline industry discards enough aluminum cans each year to build 58 Boeing 747 airplanes, along with thousands of tons of plastics, magazines and newspapers. All of this waste represents unrealized potential for airlines and airports to save money, reduce global warming pollution and improve efficiency. The December 2006 report Trash Landings: How Airlines and Airports Can Clean Up Their Recycling Programs presents the findings from NRDC's yearlong study of the airline industry and outlines clear steps that airlines and airports -- and other large municipal operations -- can take to put effective recycling initiatives into place.

Photo of report cover
 For printed copies of this report, see our Publications List.

Press release

Adobe Acrobat file (size: 576 KB)
Click here if you need a copy of Adobe Acrobat Reader (free)

Executive Summary
Introduction: Airport and Airline Waste Management
Chapter 1: Methods of Airport Waste Management
Chapter 2: Findings From NRDC's Airline Recycling Survey
Chapter 3: Challenges and Recommendations for Establishing Airport Recycling Programs
Chapter 4: More Recommendations for Implementing Airport Recycling Programs

last revised 11/1/2006

Get Updates and Alerts

See the latest issue >

Give the Gift That Will Make a Difference: Renewable Reality

Our Green Living Guides

Save Energy
Save electricity and money without giving up the comforts of home.
Green Your Event
Lighten the environmental impact of any gathering.
Buying Clean Energy
Switch to renewable energy.
Eat Local
Enjoy local, seasonal foods.

Simple Steps

Enlighten Your Home
Changing your light bulbs to compact fluorescent bulbs is among the easiest things you can do to save energy at home.
Avoid Toxic Flea and Tick Treatments
Some flea and tick treatments may contain toxic chemicals that can poison pets and harm people.
Stay Warm This Winter
Reduce your heating bills with these simple steps.

NRDC Gets Top Ratings from the Charity Watchdogs

Charity Navigator awards NRDC its 4-star top rating.
Worth magazine named NRDC one of America's 100 best charities.
NRDC meets the highest standards of the Wise Giving Alliance of the Better Business Bureau.

Donate now >

Share | |
Find NRDC on