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Airline Trash Recycling Policies?

Mon Oct 04, 2004 4:14 pm


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...)

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RE: Airline Trash Recycling Policies?

Mon Oct 04, 2004 5:50 pm

I have wondered the same thing. Anyone, anyone?
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RE: Airline Trash Recycling Policies?

Tue Oct 05, 2004 2:51 am

Southwest reculces all cans. The proceeds go into an emergency fund for employees.
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RE: Airline Trash Recycling Policies?

Tue Oct 05, 2004 3:45 am

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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RE: Airline Trash Recycling Policies?

Tue Oct 05, 2004 4:35 am

I noticed when I flew Finnair last week that cans were collected separately, first time I've seen that.
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RE: Airline Trash Recycling Policies?

Tue Oct 05, 2004 6:14 am

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.

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RE: Airline Trash Recycling Policies?

Tue Oct 05, 2004 8:10 am

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!
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RE: Airline Trash Recycling Policies?

Tue Oct 05, 2004 7:20 pm

More info about AY eviromental policies here:

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