Recycling: DEN's Sustainable Approach

Large deicing pads were planned and built at Denver International Airport (DEN) for quick and efficient aircraft deicing near the departure runway thresholds. The pads are the cornerstone of a cold-weather management system that minimizes aircraft deicing...


Airports should include in their analysis the following costs and considerations: the cost to capture and reclaim the glycol the cost to get initial certification; the cost to recertify the fluid every two years; the reliability and accessibility of having the same recycled product that received certification; the quantity of recycled product available; finding customers willing to use recycled de-icing fluid; and finding customers willing to contract for a volume of fluid to make it all worthwhile.

It’s also important to evaluate how much the recycled product is worth in other applications.

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