Unused items are placed on a subsequent flight to cut down on waste.
Since the launch of “Project Green”—Air New Zealand’s glass recycling and product use waste reduction initiative launched in 2017—the airline said it has diverted more than 890,000kg of in-flight waste.
This project entails allowing unused items from a flight service to be placed on a subsequent flight, as long as they “come off the aircraft sealed and untouched.” These include more than 40 items including packets of cookies, boxed tea, sealed napkins, soft drink cans, as well as sachets of sugar and coffee—all of which could otherwise end up in landfills.
The airline is collaborating with catering partners LSG Sky Chefs and New Zealand’s Ministry of Primary Industries to reclassify these items. Prior to the project, unopened items left onboard would have to be incinerated.
According to Air New Zealand, the project has so far helped recover 890,000 kilograms of waste, which is equivalent to the weight of two A320 aircraft.
Chloe Surridge, the airline’s supply chain general manager, said: “We are looking to make impactful sustainability gains, and in order to do this, we have to enable those bigger conversations through relationships with our suppliers and business partners.”
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