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Exemplary recycling initiative by LSG Sky Chefs in the United States

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The Lufthansa Group’s specialist catering arm is setting standards in the field of climate protection and environmental responsibility / About 6,500 tonnes of waste already successfully recycled

Recycle, dispose, reduce – that is the principle according to which LSG Sky Chefs has operated a structured environmental management system for many years. Since February 2013, however, the Lufthansa Group’s catering arm has been investing in a special project in the United States, the environmental initiative “Zero Waste to Landfill”.

To date, some 6,500 tonnes of waste has been successfully recycled, representing a reduction in greenhouse gases of almost 21,000 tonnes. That is roughly equivalent to taking more than 3,800 cars off the road for an entire year. “As part of our social responsibility philosophy, our aim is to become the first airline caterer to achieve ‘zero waste to landfill’ in the US,” says Dale Easdon, LSG Sky Chefs’ SVP Operations, North America.

The programme, which is the first of its kind in the region, hopes to achieve its 100 per cent recycling target for waste generated at all 41 LSG Sky Chefs locations in the US which up to now has gone to landfill. In addition to implementing new methods of material recycling, the catering subsidiary places special emphasis on comprehensive training for employees and also presses suppliers to introduce environmentally compatible materials and processes. In addition, LSG Sky Chefs relies on state-of-the-art machines to separate, clean and compact waste according to different criteria and prepare it for recycling.

LSG Sky Chefs is the world’s largest provider of inflight services. Its environmental management system, which is based on the ISO 14001 standard, leads the way in the airline catering sector. The company produces 532 million meals a year, 160 million of them in the US. Nine of its catering facilities have introduced the new, environmentally friendly process since the launch of the “Zero Waste to Landfill” initiative and others are set to follow.

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