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Airline Trash Recycling Policies?  
User currently offlineN229NW From United States of America, joined Sep 2004, 2112 posts, RR: 30
Posted (11 years 7 months 3 weeks 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 3029 times:


A quick search for "recycle" and "recycling" in the forums didn't turn up much for me, so forgive me if this has been discussed before:

I've been struck by the appearance on pretty much every flight I've taken, that no airline recycles cans, or plastic cups either. Is this just the way things look? Do different airlines have different policies? If airlines don't recycle, why not?

What about headphones? Are the foam pads replaced between uses and the rest of the headphones reused, or are the whole things tossed after one use?

And the thicker plastic food dishes? Are these reused?

Been curious about this for a while. Thanks for your help.

EDIT: I just found another thread about recycling cans (the search engine had been crashing...and it seems that some airlines do do this. But what about the other questions above...)

[Edited 2004-10-04 09:17:51]

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User currently offlineN1120a From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 29350 posts, RR: 73
Reply 1, posted (11 years 7 months 3 weeks 4 days 14 hours ago) and read 3007 times:

I have wondered the same thing. Anyone, anyone?

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User currently offlinePlanenutz From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (11 years 7 months 3 weeks 4 days 5 hours ago) and read 2942 times:

Southwest reculces all cans. The proceeds go into an emergency fund for employees.

User currently offlineDl757md From United States of America, joined May 2004, 1564 posts, RR: 15
Reply 3, posted (11 years 7 months 3 weeks 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 2922 times:

Delta recycles cans. The proceeds go to Habitat For Humanity.

When Delta "rented" headsets the foam earpieces where replaced and the headsets reused. Delta now only sells electronic headsets for $2 that the customer can keep. These headsets have a two prong adapter for aircraft use and a stereo mini-jack for use with portable electronics. This has saved Delta many dollars by eliminating the refurbishing costs associated with the old headsets.


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User currently offlineAndz From South Africa, joined Feb 2004, 8594 posts, RR: 9
Reply 4, posted (11 years 7 months 3 weeks 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 2923 times:
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I noticed when I flew Finnair last week that cans were collected separately, first time I've seen that.

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User currently offlineTg 747-300 From Norway, joined Nov 1999, 1318 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (11 years 7 months 3 weeks 4 days 1 hour ago) and read 2863 times:

Sorry, but i'm also just adding an airline to the list of can collectors. On al my rescent flights with Braathens (or SASBraathens if you like) cans have been collected separatly.

Also I have the impression that SAS is an environmental friendly airline. At least since the introduction of a new corporate image and 737NG's back in the late 90's SAS have promoted it self as an airline that cares about the environment. If it's true? I don't know. But we can hope.

If most airlines are focused on environment, that will justify some airlines still flying with good old smoky aircrafts?

BTW: just a thought that popped into my head as i wrote this answer. LCC carriers make people fly more often than ever before, which adds an extra burden on the environment, but they have also decreased the amount of inflight meals an ameneties on many airline worldwide, which means less trash.

Anyone who follows me on this?. But please remember, this wasn't an idea that have matured in my head for more than a few sec.

tg 747-300

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User currently offlineFlairport From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (11 years 7 months 3 weeks 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 2832 times:

jetBlue must have said 20 times on my flights this weekend that they recycle their trash...they stick it all in a bag, and I guess they sort it out on the ground....yes, headphones too...but it appears that those headphones are the "el chepos"...I kept mine for both flights and beyond, anyway!

User currently offlineThe Ticketor From Norway, joined Oct 2000, 434 posts, RR: 1
Reply 7, posted (11 years 7 months 3 weeks 3 days 12 hours ago) and read 2779 times:

More info about AY eviromental policies here:

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