September 28, 2018.
Have you ever thought about how much garbage removal in Queens, NY includes trash and refuse from the airports? Think about how many people pass through both LaGuardia Airport and John F. Kennedy International Airport. In many ways, an airport is a representation of its own city. Each have many areas where vastly different jobs are done, meeting many specialized needs which countless people pass through or work at every day.
Eight miles outside the center of Queens, LaGuardia accommodates both domestic and international flights. Spread out over 680 acres in the north part of the Borough, LaGuardia is the third busiest airport in NYC and twentieth in the US. With significant renovations happening for the last few years and more to come in the immediate future, there’s a lot of movement and additional jobs for personnel outside of the airport employees. Over thirty million passengers flow through the airport in a year.
John F Kennedy International Airport is the busiest airport in NYC. It’s also the main international airport serving NYC, and the busiest airport in the USA in terms of international flights into the country. JKF International Airport is in Queens, just southeast of Midtown Manhattan with almost 60 million passengers flying in and out of the airport per year. That’s almost double the traffic flow of LaGuardia.
Imagine all the other services, jobs, and functions that make up the business of a functioning airport, and you might start to imagine just how much trash and garbage are generated within these two airports in Queens.
What Airport Areas Generate Trash?
You might first just consider the areas that passengers walk through, but that’s a very limited percentage of the wide realm of what makes up an airport. Let’s look at all of the areas that might generate waste in an airport which will ultimately have to be disposed of.
- Terminals:When we think of going to the airport, we, as passengers, imagine the terminal. The terminal is where the most people congregate, so it can also generate the highest percentage of various types of waste. In the terminal we find the ticket counters, gates and airlines lounges, restaurants, gift shops, bathrooms, even clubs and bars.
- Runways and other airfields: Airplanes need a lot of space to taxi to runways and then roll to take-off. This doesn’t sound like a waste producing area until you consider that rubber loss from tires and green waste from landscaping around the pavement must be dealt with every year.
- Hangars: Aircraft need to be maintained and repaired regularly. Most resident airline companies will have reserved maintenance hangars on site. This involves waste produced as a result of fluid change, parts replacement, as well as office space for airline execs and workers. Even cargo hangars will have other essential machines and equipment which will need to be maintained, with all the accompanying waste products resulting from a garage. Additionally, these cargo hangars will have other waste from use of moving or using pallets and packaging materials. All of these hangars additionally require maintence of their own building using consumable items such as bulbs and waste water.
- Flight Kitchens: This might not seem to be a big issue in these days of the “no meal” flights, but not everyone travels coach. All flight meals need to be prepared and packaged ahead of time and then loaded onto the plane. Many types of waste are generated similarly to that of a restaurant, as well as a loading or shipping dock.
- Offices: You may not recall seeing or thinking about offices in an airport, but there are plenty. Not only do the airlines and administrators of the airport have offices on site, but so do the managers of various departments. These range from housekeeping and custodial, to security and porters. Everyone who works at the airport must be managed by someone behind the scenes and all these departments have an office and organizational management area. Offices produce an entirely different type of waste, as well as requiring bathrooms for staff and workers often having small employee lounges with eating and kitchen areas.
- Construction and Demolition Projects: Airports suffer a lot of vibrations, foot traffic, air traffic and road traffic. Sooner or later serious improvements and repairs are always required. Because LaGuardia, for example, has been in restoration mode for a few years now, that airport generates an inordinate amount of construction waste, some green waste and additional waste from mechanical equipment and even hazardous waste.
Types of Airport Waste Generated
There are many types of waste generated from airports which are classified for determining best practices of disposal and recycling. What are the primary types of waste generated at an airport?
- MSW, or Municipal Solid Waste is a general term for everyday trash from consumables. Any area where people function day in and out will have this kind of trash. This means that most of the areas in an airport include MSW. This includes many types of recyclables such as glass, plastic, aluminum and paper.
- Food leftover or in the form of scraps, again, found in any area where food is sold or prepared.
- Lavatory waste comes from the planes in a liquid form and must be disposed of using a special vehicle and taken to special types of landfills.
- Deplaning produces a lot of MSW type waste but also used water waste, mechanical waste with some international waste requiring special handling.
- Green waste comes from landscaping, not only runways but anywhere that construction and/or demolition is occurring.
- C & D, aka Construction and Demolition creates a lot of non-hazardous material including broken cement, wood, various types of metal, carpeting, plaster, cardboard, and PVC pipes.
- Spills and hazardous materials need to be cleaned up and collected for specialized storage and disposal. These things include such materials as oil or gas, solvents, paints, residual water from plating, chemicals, adhesives, batteries, pesticides and parts washing fluids.
Easy Garbage Removal in Queens NY
The good news is that most people will never be responsible for managing the garbage disposal of either of the Queens airports. Yet, your own home or small business might still have a lot of junk and garbage that needs to be removed in a hurry. Wouldn’t you appreciate knowing your trash didn’t have to all end up in the landfills? It might take a lot of time to research just where to take items for charity donation or recycling, and when you need a lot of stuff gone in a hurry, you need a junk removal service that can do it all for you in one phone call. Jiffy Junk knows exactly what local charities can take, and they also know all the recycle centers. They’ll donate what can be and distribute recyclables to the appropriate center. The rest will then be responsibly disposed of so no worry and no hassle for you. Our pros can haul away all of your junk in one appointment without you lifting a finger. Give Jiffy Junk a call or go online today.