KCI Airport to Celebrate America Recycles Day

KANSAS CITY, November 7, 2008 ? The Kansas City Aviation Department is organizing a three-day, airport-wide effort to support America Recycles Day at Kansas City International Airport. The Aviation Departments? Recycling Committee, which implements the successful KCI Recycling Program, is making the one-day celebration into a three-day effort.

On Wednesday, November 12 volunteers will collect old phone books and on Thursday, November 13 scrap metal will be collected. On Friday, November 14 employees will hand out discount coupons from The Paradies Shops and HMS Host airport concessions to reward customers "caught" recycling in the designated bins in the terminals. All department employees will be rewarded for their ongoing recycling efforts with a free cup of coffee from KCI Starbuck's stores in their issued reusable travel mugs.

America Recycles Day, November 15, is the only nationally recognized day dedicated to encouraging Americans to recycle and to buy recycled products. Celebrating its 11th year, the National Recycling Coalition effort has grown to include millions of Americans pledging to increase their recycling habits at home and work and to buy products made with recycled materials.

More than three years ago, the KCI Recycling Program was started with the recycling of magazines, newspapers, aluminum cans and plastic bottles in the public areas of the terminal buildings. The program has expanded to include cardboard, office paper, scrap metal, light bulbs, oil, tires, vehicle batteries and Freon. Recycling efforts have extended to special events including the Kansas City Aviation Expo, KCI Golf Tournament and KCI Cruise Nights. Since the program began in 2005, the department has collected more than 472 tons of materials resulting in thousands of dollars in rebates. Additionally, several tenants participate in the program. In the future, the department hopes to continue creating environmental awareness and eventually reach 100 percent participation from all airport-based companies and tenants.

Every day American businesses generate enough paper to circle the earth 20 times. Recycling creates ten times as many jobs as ?landfilling?. Americans throw away enough aluminum every three months to rebuild our entire commercial air fleet. According to Weyerhaeuser, recycling one ton of paper we save: 17 trees, 6,953 gallons of water, 463 gallons of oil, 587 pounds of air pollution, 3.06 cubic yards of landfill space and 4,077 kilowatt hours of energy.

The Kansas City Airport System is an Enterprise Fund Department of the City of Kansas City, Missouri, and is supported wholly by airport user charges. No general tax fund revenues are used for the administration, promotion, operation or maintenance of the airports in the system. Visit www.flykci.com.

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