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Recycling/Waste Management

Waste is an unfortunate byproduct of any large industrial facility. Efficient and proper waste management provides financial, as well as economic, benefits. The Metropolitan Airports Commission is dedicated to protecting the environment and conserving resources for future generations.

Sustainability Challenges

Over 30 million travelers pass through the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport (MSP) in a given year. In addition, airline tenants and the Metropolitan Airports Commission (MAC) together employ many thousands of workers, all of whom generate waste in the course of their activities.  Managing waste at MSP is a formidable challenge but is also a significant opportunity for the MAC to manage waste in an efficient manner to minimize its impact to the environment.

To address waste management, the MAC utilizes the following methods (in order of preference):

  • waste reduction and reuse
  • waste recycling
  • composting of organic material
  • resource recovery through incineration
  • land disposal

Click here to learn about other sustainability practices at MSP.