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DFW International Airport

Zero Waste Roadmap



  • Development of the Roadmap to Zero-Waste by 2040
  • Financial feasibility and cost-benefit analysis of multiple options

Energy conservation and renewable energy conversions have made Dallas Fort Worth (DFW) the first carbon-neutral airport in North America. As the environmental impact of those initiatives was being evaluated, potential benefits of Solid Waste Management (SWM) were also seen. SWM could further reduce environmental impact and provide measurable cost savings.

After conducting a comprehensive SWM assessment, ecoPreserve developed a plan to achieve Zero-Waste. Through interdepartmental collaboration, engagement, and training, DFW received a Roadmap to Zero-Waste by 2040. The roadmap provided strategies for meeting waste management challenges, along with the steps to accomplish each strategy. Following those steps, less waste would be produced, with greater volumes diverted. That can lead to Zero Waste.

Changes to DFW’s material flow have been seen upstream, midstream, and downstream. Upstream impact results from strategic purchasing, favoring products with greater shelf life, reusability, and minimal packaging waste. Midstream SWM programs lead to timely, effective preventative maintenance along with optimal reuse and repurposing of materials. Donations and food recovery are also found on the roadmap. Finally, the downstream impact is achieved through recycling, composting, and energy recovery procedures.