Passengers at Charleston International Airport can pick up free reusable shopping bags from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday.
Charleston County Aviation Authority will hand out the bags in the airport atrium as part of America Recycles Day.
Sponsored by Keep America Beautiful, the day aims to promote events across the country that educate and encourage citizens to work together to increase recycling in their communities.
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 Aviation Authority is committed to recycling and provides recycling containers for cans, glass, paper and plastic throughout the airport for employees, passengers and tenants,” said Paul Campbell, director of airports.
The agency launched a formal recycling program in 2009. Since then, more than 121 tons of aluminum, glass, plastic and newspapers have been collected for recycling, according to the Aviation Authority. More than 304 tons of cardboard have been recycled.