KLM Trials Closed-Loop Recycling System On YVR-AMS Flights

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KLM Royal Dutch Airlines has launched a recycling system pilot where onboard catering supplies are recycled and reused within a new, closed-loop system.

The airline began trialling the system earlier this month on several AMS-YVR routes, where trays, containers, lids and glasses were collected, cleaned, recycled and subsequently reused on flights. According to European legislation, these items would have been disposed of on flights from outside Europe.

KLM claims to be the first airline in the world to trial the recycling of different catering items within a closed-loop system.

"KLM is carrying out this trial with recycled catering supplies to research the effects on the environment and to find out how scalable this closed loop might be. The test fits in with KLM’s sustainability initiative 'Fly Responsibly' and should contribute to the goal of reducing the volume of waste by 50% by 2030, compared to the level of 2011," said Martine van Streun, Director Cabin Product & Service Engineering van KLM.

According to Martine van Streun, Director Cabin Product & Service Engineering with KLM, the materials for the products have been adapted especially for the test, and are less harmful to the environment during production.

"Lighter materials result in lower carbon emissions and contribute to meeting the target 15% reduction in CO2 emissions by 2030, compared to 2005. This will also lead to less waste, of course. We therefore expect the overall environmental impact to be reduced," she said.

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