JetBlue Airways has formed a new partnership that will see it recycle organic waste from restaurants at New York’s JFK airport and turn it into compost.
A partnership with Royal Waste Services and Air Ventures, the company that operates the Jamba Juice and Dunkin Donuts restaurants at JFK T5, will see the recycling of approximately 136kg of food waste each day. The waste food will then be transported to a composting facility and turned into fertiliser for farms in New York state.
“As a corporate citizen and leader in our industry, we seek opportunities to recycle, reduce and restore,” said Robin Hayes, JetBlue’s chief commercial officer.
“We offset emissions from all crewmember business travel, we fund and plant trees in areas affected by deforestation, and now, we’re introducing a composting programme at our home base of operations at New York’s JFK airport. JetBlue’s 15,000 crewmembers power our efforts every day to be the airline of choice among the communities we serve, and together, we aim to improve our communities’ environment, too,” he added.
JetBlue now plans to extend this partnership to other vendors in JFK’s T5, as well as other airports throughout its network.