Steven Averett, Content Director, Waste Group

May 1, 2009

1 Min Read
Dutch Processed

So through a navigational snafu, a Netherlands Air Force plane landed at Little Rock National Airport in Arkansas instead of Little Rock Air Force Base in Jacksonville, Ark. No big deal, right? Just get those Dutch flyboys refueled, show them a map, and send them on their merry way. Not so fast! What about the two bags of trash produced by the 10-person crew during the flight?

In most cases, trash from international flights is incinerated upon arrival since the government regulates all incoming material (primarily to prevent the spread of foreign plant and animal pests and diseases). And most international airports are equipped to do this. But, as its full name clearly indicates, Little Rock National is NOT an international airport.

The result? A charge of $1,750 to have the trash incinerated off site. For about twice that, the airport could have bought its own incinerator (which it is now looking into).

Seems like a lot of fuss for some Heineken bottles, salty licorice and a half-eaten wheel of Gouda.

About the Author(s)

Steven Averett

Content Director, Waste Group, Waste360

Steven Averett joined the Waste Age staff in February 2006. Since then he has helped the magazine expand its coverage and garner a range of awards from FOLIO, the American Society of Business Publication Editors (ASBPE) and the Magazine Association of the Southeast (MAGS). He recently won a Gold Award from ASBPE for humor writing.

Before joining Waste Age, Steven spent three years as the staff writer for Industrial Engineer magazine, where he won a gold GAMMA Award from MAGS for Best Feature. He has written and edited material covering a wide range of topics, including video games, film, manufacturing, and aeronautics.

Steven is a graduate of the University of Georgia, where he earned a BA in English.

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