Faculty Advisor

Chiarelli, James A.

Project Center

Panama City, Panama


The large amount of refuse deposited in the vicinity of Tocumen International Airport attracts birds to the areas near the runways. Bird strikes pose safety hazards, cause delays, and damage equipment, deeming them a major concern for Copa Airlines and aviation as a whole. Observations of everyday airport and community activity were made, and interviews were conducted with stakeholders. Findings included, but were not limited to, the mishandling of waste in both the community and the airport. Based on the findings, recommendations were developed in order to improve the waste management system in the community, as well as the airport.


Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

October 2016

Project Type

Interactive Qualifying Project



Advisor Department

Interdisciplinary Programs