Saturday, April 22, 2017

Earth Day 2017: TSA Environmental Initiatives

The mission of the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) is to protect the nation’s transportation systems, ensuring freedom of movement for people and commerce.  With this mission comes a responsibility to the communities and natural environment affected by our transportation security activities.

The TSA strategy for meeting these environmental responsibilities is to proactively manage and reduce the immediate and long-term environmental impacts of its operations through the implementation of an Environmental Management System (EMS).  Within the framework of the EMS, Environmental Management Programs (EMPs) help TSA:


  • Improve operating efficiencies
  • Reduce energy use and costs
  • Divert waste from landfills
  • Integrate environmental considerations into decision-making processes 

TSA’s Electronics Stewardship EMP implements best management practices for considering the lifecycle of electronic purchases, including procurement, maintenance, and end-of-life management.  TSA purchases environmentally preferable electronics, including ENERGY STAR® qualified and Electronic Product Environmental Assessment Tool (EPEAT) registered computers and printers.  TSA donates old electronics to public school programs for reuse.  TSA donated 857 computers in the beginning of fiscal year (FY) 2017 and 4,963 pieces of electronic equipment in FY 2016.  


TSA diverts waste from the waste stream by recycling:


  • Aerosols
  • Batteries
  • Cardboard
  • Drinking alcohol
  • Glass
  • Metal
  • Paper
  • Plastic

The proper management of hazardous material Voluntarily Abandoned Property (VAP) also reduces TSA’s impact on the environment.  Items left behind at security checkpoints due to volume, contents, and/or prohibition by policy are collected by Transportation Security Officers as VAP.  Annually, approximately 1.5 million pounds of hazardous material VAP is properly managed through compliance with environmental and safety regulations to prevent hazardous materials from entering the waste stream. 


TSA incorporates environmental considerations throughout our decisions and actions to reduce our impact on the environment.  


This Earth Day, help support TSA’s environmental stewardship initiatives.  Do your part; follow the Liquids Rule and keep your liquids, aerosols, gels, creams, and pastes limited to 3.4 ounces or less per item.