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What do we do with on-board waste?

Published

16th Apr, 2018

KLM takes several measures to reduce waste or make sure to recycle it where possible. The separating of rubbish on European flights begins on board. Cabin crew collect paper and plastic in separate containers.

The rubbish from the aircraft and the rubbish produced during the catering process is then divided into 12 waste streams, such as cardboard, polystyrene, glass, cans, and so on. All this is recycled. Any rubbish that is not fit to recycle is burned, which in turn produces new energy.

Well on the way

KLM’s ambition is to reduce waste 50% by 2025 compared with 2011. One way to achieve this is to introduce new packaging for the onboard sandwiches (good for a 50,000 kg reduction in cardboard). The second route is to increase recycling. In this video clip, staff at KLM Catering demonstrate how they do this. All in all, KLM is well on the way to achieving its target. In 2016 there had already been a 16% reduction in rubbish.

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