For years, there have been efforts to boost recycling and composting at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport.
After three failed attempts, the Atlanta airport has chosen Green Energy and Development Inc. to develop a recycling and composting facility on airport grounds.
The firm was chosen from a field of six candidates that submitted bids late last year.
Composting is just one service that airports offer as part of their massive waste and recycling management efforts.
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution has the story:
Airport officials are seeking Atlanta City Council approval for a 30-year lease with Green Energy and Development Inc., with two five-year renewal options. Green Energy and Development will pay up to $215,883 in annual rent.
Hartsfield-Jackson officials want to recycle waste generated at the world’s busiest airport and compost chipped yard trimmings from the city’s public works department.
A recycling program the Atlanta airport launched and trumpeted in 2009 failed because the recyclable material was too contaminated with garbage.
Since 2012, only about 5 percent of waste generated at the Atlanta airport’s terminals and concourses has been recycled, even though 85 percent of the waste stream is recyclable or compostable.