The Excellence Awards are part of a major sustainability initiative at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL), which is the world’s busiest airport. For the third annual awards, Department of Aviation leaders and ATL stakeholders gathered at the Atlanta Airport Marriott Gateway to celebrate the sustainability successes of the past year and honor individuals, departments and companies who have advanced the economic, social and environmental aspects of sustainability.
“We’re saving a significant amount of money and have reduced the use of virgin resin tremendously,” said Liza Milagro, Sustainability Manager for Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport. “We were at hundreds of thousands of pounds of virgin resin before we were introduced to Revolution Bag and now we’re at 17,000 pounds. That’s huge as we pursue our efforts to reduce energy use by 20 percent and waste by 90 percent.”
In honoring Revolution Bag with the Supply Chain award, GreeningATL recognized Revolution Bag for looking “beyond its own operations and engaging with its supply chain to drive down environmental and social impacts. From carbon reduction and waste minimization to responsible procurement and ethical initiatives, these environmental impacts are measured, managed, and where possible, mitigated.”
“It’s a credit to the quality of work that Revolution Bag is doing,” Milagro said.
“We focused on advancing the three priorities of the Atlanta airport sustainable efforts,” said Revolution Bag President Matt Jones. “Economically, we have been able to save the airport money by right-sizing the trash bags to the receptacle and the receptacle’s application. Socially, we encourage passengers to recycle in the recycling receptacles that use our liners. And environmentally, we are making a huge impact by using trash bags made with post-consumer recycled plastic.”
GreeningATL reflects Hartsfield-Jackson’s commitment to achieve the triple bottom line — people, planet and profit – while working to become the world’s greenest airport. ATL’s sustainability initiatives include the Sustainable Food Court Initiative, Green Acres ATL Energy Park and electric vehicle charging stations, and the airport’s 20-year capital improvement program ATLNext will incorporate sustainability and efficiency into each project.
About Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport
Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL) is the world’s most traveled and most efficient airport, serving more than 101 million passengers annually with nonstop service to more than 150 U.S. destinations and nearly 70 international destinations in more than 45 countries. ATL boasts a direct economic impact of $34.8 billion in metro Atlanta and a total direct economic impact of $70.9 billion in Georgia. The Airport is the largest employer in Georgia, with more than 63,000 employees. The Airport is a frequent recipient of awards of excellence for concessions, operations, sustainability, architectural engineering and construction. ATL is about to embark on a $6 billion capital improvement plan, ATLNext, that will modernize the domestic terminal and concourses, create new parking decks, construct a 300-room hotel, Class A commercial office space, add a new runway, new concourse and expand cargo facilities. For more information, go to atlanta-airport.com or atl.com/community/sustainability.
About Revolution Bag
Revolution Bag is the first company to provide a complete line of ECOLOGO certified and EPA-compliant trash can liners that don’t cost more and perform just as well as bags produced with virgin resin. The key is with Revolution’s supply of post-consumer materials — a virtually endless quantity of consistent, high quality raw materials for recycling provided by sister company Delta Plastics. Delta Plastics makes a variety of agricultural plastics that are collected, washed, reground and then manufactured into Revolution Bag can liners. For more information, go to revolutionbag.com