Waste Characterization – Los Angeles International Airport

SCS Engineers completed a two-season study of waste disposed at the Los Angeles International Airport (LAX). The study entailed more than 150 tenant interviews designed to obtain detailed waste generation and recycling information. Over 200 samples were collected directly from selected tenants and hand-sorted into 58 material categories. An additional 30 loads of construction and demolition waste were visually sampled.

In addition to estimating the overall composition and quantity of waste that is disposed at LAX, the study’s analysis developed composition profiles and generation rates for seven generator groups:

  • terminal areas
  • hangers
  • vehicle/fleet maintenance
  • cargo facilities
  • catering/kitchens
  • construction and demolition
  • mixed uses

The information was used by Los Angeles World Airports to design and implement new recycling and diversion programs.