Japan Airlines to recycle all food waste into fertiliser

Kaycee Enerva

Kaycee Enerva

Airlines are taking considerable measures to address environmental concerns, from carbon offsets to reducing (or eliminating) single-use plastics.

In an effort to reach its sustainability goals, Japan Airlines (JAL) is taking a step further by recycling all food and cooking waste into fertiliser.

JAL Royal Catering, the group behind the initiative, has reported that the airline produced 48 tons of vegetable waste in 2019 alone, with only 7.7 per cent of this recycled.

Japan Airlines to recycle all food waste into fertiliser
Food waste will soon be a thing of the past at JAL.

The carrier wants to turn this around by reducing the number of meals prepared in-flight and compost 100 per cent of its kitchen waste. In addition, JAL will incentivise passengers who skip the meal service with upgraded amenity kits.

“As the world faces such many and varied social issues, for the JAL Group to achieve growth into the future, our business management must therefore contribute to the realisation of a sustainable society,” said Yuji Akasaka, executive president, JAL

By 2025, the airline also aims to eliminate all single-use plastics in aircraft cabins and airport lounges.

Kaycee Enerva

Kaycee Enerva

A digital content manager based in the Philippines, Kaycee Enerva has written for multiple publications over several years. A graduate of Computer Science, she exchanged a career in IT to pursue her passion for writing. She's slowly practicing sustainability through period cups, and eating more plant-based food.

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