Airport waste varies greatly depending on airport size, airport traffic, and airport solid waste management and recycling programs. Typically airport waste reports differentiate between hazardous and nonhazardous waste (of which there is more nonhazardous waste). Airport solid wastes include (but is not limited to): food waste, paper, packaging wastes, quarantine wastes, foreign objects, debris, scrap metals, timber, and animal wastes while airport liquid wastes include: sewage, waste oils, lubricants, trade wastes, and cooking oils/grease. A large portion of both types of airport waste can be recycled or reused in some way (see EPA chart: http://www.epa.gov/osw/conserve/rrr/rogo/documents/airmatrx.pdf). ARS is an airport waste management company that is hired as a recycling company by various airports. Recycling rates and details for some airports are available through ARS.
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