Irving, U.S. / Neu-Isenburg, Germany – LSG Sky Chefs today announced the first results of a major environmental initiative in North America. The aim is to divert 100-percent of recyclable waste from previously designated landfills at all of its 41 U.S. locations by 2015. Since launching the “Zero Waste to Landfill” (ZLF) program just one year ago, some 6,545 tons of available waste has been successfully recycled.
The ZLF program is the first of its kind in the region, enabling LSG Sky Chefs to substantially reduce its environmental impact through the implementation of new recycling methods, state-of-the-art equipment and comprehensive employee trainings. Its impact in 2013 is particularly noteworthy, including a reduction in greenhouse gases of nearly 21,000 metric tons; the annual energy savings of 927 households; or the equivalent of 3,813 passenger cars not being driven for a year.
The results were achieved, in part, through the use of new equipment which can separate, clean and compact metal, plastic, cardboard/paper and select food waste items in preparation for recycling. Additionally, the company is encouraging suppliers to use products made of materials which do not become waste, as well as employing further reuse, composting and waste to energy processes.
Since its initial launch in February 2013, LSG Sky Chefs’ Boston, Denver, Detroit, Las Vegas, Minneapolis – St. Paul, Portland (OR), San Francisco, Seattle and Washington Dulles locations have already implemented 100-percent waste management and recycling processes.
“We produce 160 million meals for our airline customers in the U.S. each year,” said Dale Easdon, LSG Sky Chefs’ SVP Operations, North America. “As part of our social responsibility philosophy, our aim is to become the first airline caterer to achieve Zero Waste to Landfill in the U.S. – and I am proud to say that we are well on our way to achieving that goal.”