The ridiculous story of airline food and why so much ends up in landfill featured in The Guardian 1st April 2017.
Here's a snapshot from the feature but to read the article in full visit https://uk.news.yahoo.com/ridiculous-story-airline-food-why-070018782.html.
"Once a plane has landed, huge volumes of disposable items are thrown away" says Matt Rance, Chief Executive of MNH Sustainable Cabin Services, a company that advises airlines on waste reduction. “It’s almost like taking a tube, tipping it upside down, emptying it out and then saying ‘right, fill it up with new stuff again".
Cabin waste costs the industry $500m (£400m) per year, according to IATA, a figure that it says is rising faster than waste volumes thanks to growing disposal costs.
"Bringing this down will require airlines to take a different approach to procurement" says Rance. "If they can be persuaded to focus on a product’s full life cost, rather than unit price, then investing in more durable headsets or blankets and ditching disposables starts to make sense", he says.
"Designing cabin products with waste minimisation in mind can also help", he says. "Qantas, for example, is combining its charity donation envelope with its headset package, cutting one polythene bag per passenger per flight".