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Aviation Authority recognizes Earth Day with FOD Walk

The Charleston County Aviation Authority and Charleston International Airport will recognize Earth Day 2014 with two FOD Walks at CHS.

The CCAA Operations Department is leading coordination of the FOD Walk, which is scheduled at 9 a.m. and again at 3:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 24.

FOD stands for foreign object debris. Litter and other loose objects can become dangerous projectiles on an airport apron or become lodged in aircraft engines.  Effective FOD management includes routine daily inspections of the ramp and airfield.

“Please help us help us celebrate Earth Day by getting outside on our ramp/apron area and picking up FOD,” said Meredith Kidd, operations supervisor. “We will enjoy the bright, beautiful day by helping pick up litter from our grounds, ramp and apron.”

Each FOD Walk will last 10 to 20 minutes each around Concourses A and B. All airport employees are invited to participate. The Operations Department will provide escorts for those who do not have badge access to the apron. Interested volunteers should meet in the old Commuter Lounge on the basement level of the airport. Participants will receive “green” souvenirs.

Earth Day is also a good time to recognize recycling efforts at the airport. In addition to paper, cans and plastic, the Aviation Authority also recycles batteries, fluorescent light bulbs, tires and oil. LED lighting is used on the airfield and in airfield signage to save on energy use and costs.

The CCAA launched a formal recycling program in 2009. Since then, more than 130 tons of aluminum, glass, plastic and newspapers have been collected for recycling. More than 304 tons of cardboard has been recycled. So far this year (as of March 31) more than 31 tons of material has been recycled.
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