One Airline's Trash Is Another Dog's Treasure

By Kim Fischer
|  Monday, Aug 22, 2011  |  Updated 4:43 PM CDT
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American Airlines donates old carpet from its planes to the Humane Society of North Texas.

Kim Fischer, NBCDFW.com

American Airlines donates old carpet from its planes to the Humane Society of North Texas.

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Some recycled airplane material in North Texas is going to the dogs.

The Humane Society of North Texas started receiving carpet from American Airlines planes earlier this year and is lining them in animal cages.

The workers at the shelter said the project has been a big success.

"It's one less worry we have and it helps them out, helps us out and helps the animals. It's a win-win-win," said adoptions coordinator Shelly Meeks.

An airline spokesperson said the carpet is removed from its planes at least once every 18 months to meet customer standards. Instead of throwing it out, American donates it to the shelter so the dogs have something to lay on besides the hard floor.

American Airlines recycles 1.7 million pounds of material each year.

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