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2012 Southwest Airlines One Report: Planet in Photos Part 1

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This is the sixth in a series of posts about our fourth annual integrated annual report, the 2012 Southwest Airlines One Report™, where we illustrate our triple bottom line approach that takes into account our Performance and productivity, the importance of our People and the Communities we serve, and our commitment to efficiency and the Planet. Throughout my 33-year career at Southwest Airlines, I’ve had the opportunity to work in a variety of roles in the Company, beginning as a Ramp Agent in Austin and continuing on to my current role as Vice President Cabin Services. In each of the areas that I have served, I have been continually proud of our Employees’ commitment to doing the right thing, our Company’s dedication to eliminating waste, and Southwest Airlines’ recycling efforts throughout our operations. From our co-mingled recycling program, to the Green Ambassadors throughout out System, our Employees work each and every day to reduce our impact on the environment and increase our recycling efforts. Among the many milestones of 2012, here are some highlights:
  • In 2012, Southwest recycled nearly 2,900 tons of co-mingled waste, including paper, plastic, aluminum, and cardboard, which is a seven percent increase year-over-year from 2011.
  • Last year, Southwest recycled approximately 632 tons of industrial waste, including electronics, scrap metal, batteries from equipment, and fluorescent bulbs.
  • As a Company, we have diverted more than 9,800 tons of material from landfills since August 2008, which is the equivalent weight of 233 Boeing 737-700 aircraft.
The photos below are highlights from the 2012 Southwest Airlines One Report™, and illustrate our dedication to helping out our Planet through our recycling efforts. One Report 1   Efficiency is the elimination of unnecessary waste. We take that to heart through co-mingled recycling of waste from our aircraft. One Report 2 To understand our environmental impacts, we voluntarily track the waste generated by our operations and recycle the materials shown above. One Report 3 We've diverted more than 9,800 tons of material from landfills since 2008. That’s the weight of 233 Boeing 737-700s. Today, more than four decades after our founding, we remain steadfast in our Purpose of connecting people to what’s important in their lives through friendly, reliable, and low-cost airline travel.  We hope you’ll enjoy our upcoming blog posts and follow along on Instagram and Pinterest with photos and fun facts tagged #SWAOneReport as we share how we’re working to be the best in the business.  You can check out and download the full report online at