The travel industry is become greener and one aspect of waste appears on board flights. Even short-haul flights create 40 kg of waste that include sandwich wrappers, papers and cans – rubbish that is dumped in landfill or burned.
Moves are afoot by a few European operators to separately collect inflight wast and recycle drink cans. Did you know that the energy saved by recycling one drink can is enough to run a television for three hours!
Recycling saves 95% of the energy used in making Aluminium from Bauxite and is the most valuable component of inflight waste, making it highly practical, beneficial and cost-effective.
At the moment it is only on flights from London to Spain through First Choice Airways and Thomas Cook Airlines, however if all flights just to Spain were on such programs 14 million drinks cans could be recycled, saving 140 tonnes of aluminium – enough to build a Boeing 767 and a Boeing 747, save enough electricity to power 564 average homes for a year, and save enough electricity-generation CO2 to fly 2,164 people from Gatwick to Malaga and back.
Phew, those are great figures. Perhaps we can take our drink cans off the plane with us and pop them into a recycling bin ourselves? Now that’s a thought!