Recycling master plan for Tulsa International Airport

August 17, 2017


A recycling plan for the Tulsa International Airport forecasts 890 tons of waste will be generated in an average year, of which about 3 percent will be recycled and 21 percent will go into landfills, with the remaining 75 percent sent to energy-from-waste sites.

There are 290 trash cans and 34 recycling bins in the terminal building at Tulsa International Airport, each carefully plotted on color-coded drawings, along with trash bins in restrooms to handle the 1,000 miles of paper towels used each year.

The details are part of the 73-page recycling section of a draft master plan prepared by Mead & Hunt for the Tulsa Airports Improvement Trust at a cost of $828,300 with a 90 percent grant from the Federal Aviation Administration.

The 20-year plan runs through 2034 and is mostly based on 2014 data. It predicts 890 tons of waste will be generated in an average year, of which about 3 percent will be recycled and 21 percent will go into landfills, with the remaining 75 percent sent to energy-from-waste sites.

During the data-gathering period, the plan noted that reconstruction of the airport’s 10,000-foot main runway resulted in the removal of 170,000 tons of concrete that was turned into aggregate for reuse.

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