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Syracuse Airport Opens Recycling Facility

By Madeline Fuerstenberg

Syracuse Hancock International Airport sign || Photo by Chad Robertson, courtesy of Adobe

Aéro Mag, a Canadian company dedicated to aircraft deicing and environmental innovation, has partnered with Syracuse Hancock International Airport in New York to launch its inaugural deicing recycling facility. Aéro Mag and the Syracuse Regional Airport Authority (SRAA) debuted the facility in November.

The recycling process to be implemented at the facility—the RRR (recovery, recycling, and reuse) concept—is a full-cycle approach that benefits both the economy and the environment. The process reduces the cost of deicers and secures the supply chain for airlines and airports while reducing water consumption and carbon dioxide output. The development and installation of the facility cost $19.4 million.

“The opening of this deicer recycling facility—the first of its kind in the United States—has us incredibly excited,” says SRAA Executive Director Jason Terreri in a prepared statement. “This project shows that intentional sustainability efforts can pay dividends—not only for the environment but [also] for our business partners in the airport ecosystem as well.”

The RRR concept has the potential to reduce 3 to 6 million kilograms of carbon dioxide output per year while saving a potential 5.5 to 7 million gallons of water.