Airlines Doing A Poor Job Recycling

This information was made available in a new report by a nonprofit environment group named “Green America” which reveals that US airlines could do a much better job recycling the tremendous amount of waste passengers leave on flights.

Delta and Virgin America were given the highest grades (B-) for airline recycling programs.  United Airlines and US Airways were given “F” grades.

Green America observed that Delta initiated an in flight recycling program in ’07 which salvages aluminum cans, plastic bottles, plastic trays, beverage cups, newspapers and magazines on flights landing in 20 major cities.

Delta acknowledges that it continues to identify opportunities for it to improve its recycling efforts.

The main reason Delta did not receive an “A” for its recycling efforts is because it does not recycle on international flights.  The U.S. department of Agriculture regulates waste created on international flights, which makes recycling more difficult, but does not have to prevent it, according to Green America.

Green America is urging concerned passengers to ask flight attendants whether any items are recycled, and when necessary remove their own cans, plastic bottles and newspapers from planes and recycle them at airports and write airlines urging them to do more.

It would seem that if our largest employers are not concerned with recycling, it will be very difficult to convince Americans to do their part by recycling their trash at home. We all must work together to solve this growing problem. The next time you need to fly, choose carefully.

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