Our flight attendants collect and recycle aluminum, plastic and paper on most United and United Express® flights within the U.S. Once collected in our Eco-Skies bags, the waste is first transported to our catering kitchens, followed by a material recovery facility.
Regulations limit the types of materials we’re able to recycle on international flights. However, in many locations, we recycle paper and aluminum cans. At our facility in Newark, some waste is incinerated and converted to energy.
How can you help?
Avoid placing wrappers, napkins and other waste into bottles, cups and cans so we can increase our recycling effectiveness and decrease contamination of non-recyclable materials.