Delta, Habitat for Humanity build homes funded by onboard recycling program

Delta Air Lines has announced its employees are volunteering across the country this fall to build five homes for Habitat for Humanity, funded by the airline´s inflight recycling program, the company said.

Proceeds from the recycling program helped fund the 10th and 11th Habitat homes, based in Atlanta, in September, and the 260th and 261st homes Delta has built with Habitat in 12 countries.

The innovative program has raised USD 1 million in proceeds for Habitat since 2007. To reduce waste on Delta flights, paper, plastic and aluminum from food and beverage products are collected and transported to recycling centers in 36 cities worldwide. The program has recycled over 230 tons of aluminum thus far, which is enough to make five A350 aircraft.

Each year, over 2,500 Delta employees volunteer their time and talent with Habitat to build homes in the US and internationally to offer families safe and affordable homes. Following Delta´s Global Build in Guangzhou, China in April, the airline also has builds in New York, Seattle and Los Angeles in its flight plan this fall.

Habitat for Humanity began in 1976 as a grassroots effort on a community farm in southern Georgia. The Christian housing organization has since grown to become a leading global nonprofit working in local communities across all 50 states in the US and in more than 70 countries.

Delta Air Lines serves more than 180 million customers each year. Delta and the Delta Connection carriers offer service to 324 destinations in 57 countries on six continents. Headquartered in Atlanta, Delta employs more than 80,000 employees worldwide and operates a mainline fleet of more than 800 aircraft.