Emirates Flight Catering takes its environmental responsibilities seriously.
Every month, we recover over 65 tons of cardboard packaging which is recycled into new paper products in Dubai. We’ve recently extended the programme to include office waste paper and we estimate this will yield 50 tons per annum. We also collect recyclable materials from the hospitality lounges in the Dubai International airport concourses and from our other food and beverage outlets in and around Dubai. In addition to the daily recovery of mixed plastics and aluminium foils and cans, we’re also looking at salvaging glass bottles and wooden crates.
We employ an Environment Team whose sole task is to recover recyclable items from the waste stream inbound from aircraft. The items are sorted, stored in a dedicated area in our premises and then sold locally, with the proceeds supporting the cost of employing the team. Over a six-month period from February 2010, more than 75 tons of material were diverted away from landfill.
In February and May 2010, Emirates Flight Catering took part in the annual Emirates Environmental Group Can Collection Drives. We collected over 1,600 kg of aluminium cans from the inbound waste stream, hospitality lounges and food and beverage outlets. As winners of the Company category, we were presented with a certificate and trophy at the awards ceremony held at Dubai Media City.
* During set periods in 2010