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Air Fayre: Sustainably Processing Inflight Waste

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May 29, 2024

What happens to leftover in-flight food? Most of it ends up in a landfill. But at Air Fayre, we believe in a different journey. Let's explore how we turn leftover food into a force for good.

The Problem With Airline Food Waste

Whether commercial or cargo flight catering, conventional handling of food waste involves dumping it in a landfill. It creates methane, a potent greenhouse gas that drives global warming and climate change.

The Objective

Air Fayre sought to transform food disposal to cut harmful environmental emissions while saving money and making it sustainable.

The Air Fayre Solution

Air Fayre uses a state-of-the-art biodigester that disposes food waste within 24 hours. The biodigester works in the following ways:

  • Microorganisms break down biodegradable material.
  • Decomposition is a natural process that produces CO2 and water. The output water is safe to discharge down the drain or enrich the landscape.
  • It operates continuously without stopping, has no smell, and requires minimal electricity.
  • It is carbon neutral because the carbon was taken from the atmosphere to produce the food in the first place.

The Benefits of This Approach

Significantly Reduces Carbon Footprint

Using a biodigester means food waste does not go to landfills. Its use eliminates methane emissions, which are 87 times worse for the atmosphere than carbon dioxide (CO2).

Reduces Waste Disposal Costs

Composting food waste on-site avoids waste disposal costs, including landfill fees and waste transportation.

More Simple and Hygienic Operations

The biodigester disposes of food quickly, freeing up space to store waste, reducing odors and potential for pests, and minimizing the logistics associated with waste.

Beyond the Biodigester

Air Fayre combats climate issues by investing in other sustainable practices. Additional significant sources of sustainability include:

  • Low pollution/CO2 vehicles – Air Fayre has a modern fleet of eco-friendly catering trucks with low emissions.
  • Recycling of materials – We recycle vast amounts of plastic, glass, aluminum, paper and cardboard from flights.

All these actions reduce the environmental footprint. As a bonus, they also save money, making the improvements sustainable!

If you want to learn more about how Air Fayre is revolutionizing waste management, you can contact us or read more here.

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