According to ENN, airlines do not recycle aluminum cans or paper or plastic from their flights. Jeez…thats just scary. Is that why its so expensive to fly? Want to see some numbers on how much waste is throw away and how much money they are wasting?
“-discarding 4,250 tons of aluminum cans and other items that could be recycled
-the industry threw out 9,000 tons of plastic and enough newspapers and magazines to fill a football field to a depth of more than 230 feet
-“Airlines in the U.S. throw away enough aluminum cans every year to build 58 new 747s,” said Allen Hershkowitz, a senior scientist at NRDC
– Airports put out about 1.28 pounds of waste per passenger in 2004, about one-third of the total amount Americans generate in an entire day
– Recycling 70 percent of the aluminum cans currently discarded would save the amount of energy used by 5,000 U.S. households in a year
– Aluminum accounts for 1 percent of the air travel industry’s waste stream. But the energy benefits of recycling one ton of the substance are 11 times that of recycling one ton of newspaper and eight times that of recycling the same amount of plastic”
That is just amazing…they complain about the price of fuel every day and then charge us a fortune to fly, and then we find out this little tidbit of information.
What a shame. Maybe flights wouldn’t cost $500 to go 1,000 miles if they just recycled my Coke can and my magazines.