Discarded Toiletries at Airport Will be Given to Homeless

A new program will collect and redistribute to homeless people toiletries discarded at the Fresno, Calif., airport’s security checkpoints, reported The Fresno Bee. “It seems senseless for those products to go to a landfill when you have a large community of people across the area that could benefit from them,” said Sen. Dean Florez (D-Shafter), who designed the program. Each week, between 100 and 300 pounds of items such as shampoo, deodorant, and shaving cream are collected at the Fresno airport. Under the plan still being finessed, items will go to the Fresno Rescue Mission, to be shared with other agencies. According to an official with the Transportation Security Administration, security officials quickly approved the program, which is also run at Bakersfield’s Meadow Field airport. Toiletries collected at Meadow Field are distributed to Kern County homeless shelters. Florez and Larry Arce, executive director of the Fresno Rescue Mission, hope Fresno’s toiletries reuse program will be so successful that it will be adopted by other airports