GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. - The Gerald R. Ford International Airport just got a little greener this Earth Day.

According to a Monday release, the Ford Airport and Kent County have partnered together to bring new recycling bins to airport terminals. The goal is create an even more environmentally-friendly traveling experience to the airport. 

GFIA placed 20 new recycling receptacles throughout the airport terminal building today, working with Kent County to use the SORT program. SORT implements a stoplight color scheme -- red for trash, yellow for recycling, and green for composting (where organic collection services are available) familiarizes people with the concept of separating their discards to reduce waste going for disposal. Kent County’s goal is to reduce landfilled waste by 20-percent by 2020, and 90-percent by 2030. 

This isn't the only more that GFIA has made to be more eco-friendly, they also recycle nearly 100-percent of the concrete and asphalt from pavement reconstruction projects. In 2018, the Ford Airport was recognized for its energy-efficiency for six projects. The Airport saved 2,140,991 kilowatt hours of electricity or enough to power nearly 300 Michigan homes for one year. 

GFIA also encourages passengers to bring their refillable water bottle with them to fill at filtered water stations in the airport. Passengers have helped the Ford Airport save over 100,000 plastic bottles and landfill space each year.

The Airport is also a zero waste-to-landfill facility, and trash that comes from GFIA is used to generate electricity at Kent County’s Waste to Energy facility.

“We are proud to add initiatives like the SORT program that help leave as little of a footprint on the planet as possible,” said GFIA Interim President & CEO Brian Picardat. 

“Over the years, our team has made an extra effort to increase our recycling efforts, be good environmental stewards, and implement green features throughout our facility.” 

For more about the SORT program visit: www.reimaginetrash.org/SORT or call 616-632-7920.

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