Some concessionaires have already stopped using Styrofoam, while others will need to convert their materials by the deadline.
Even without a composting facility, “it’s a less toxic stream going to the landfill,” said Hartsfield-Jackson senior sustainability leader Liza Milagro. “We have the opportunity to be an industry leader in converting materials for all of the major brands at the airport.”
The airport’s sustainable management plan introduced in 2011 includes a goal of reducing waste by 90 percent by 2020.
Milagro said there has been increased attention to environmental issues recently. "I can thank the president for bringing so much attention to sustainability," Milagro said.