Our onboard recycling program – launched in 2013 – helps us close the loop on some of our waste. Under the program, inflight crewmembers separate bottles and cans from other waste during flights and our ground crew processes these materials for recycling at the landing destination.
Thousands of people pass through airport terminals each day, and many stop for a meal or snack. In most terminals, valuable food scraps are sent to landfills, where their nutritional value is lost and they emit GHGs during decomposition. We decided to capture those valuable nutrients so they could be reused. In 2013, we announced a partnership to compost food waste at JFK Airport’s Terminal 5, working with Dunkin’ Donuts and Jamba Juice (through their franchise owner Air Ventures) and Royal Waste Services.
Through our composting partnership with Royal Waste Services, we send thousands of pounds to a composting facility where it is turned into fertilizer and nutrient-rich soil for farms.
After collecting food waste and sending it to be processed, much of the compost is transported by Royal Waste to McEnroe Organic Farm, an 800-acre farm in New York’s Harlem Valley that produces vegetables, fruits, poultry and other organic items. In the program’s first seven months, we composted 9,590 pounds of material.
Reclaiming fabric and electronics
- There is more to recycling than cans. Other materials need rescuing from landfills, too — including fabric and electronics (e-waste), which can create air and water pollution. To counter this, JetBlue is setting up systems to repurpose these items by donating them or helping others reuse them to make more clothing and electronics.
- Fabric recycling - Crewmembers at JetBlue have recycled over 37,000 lbs. of uniforms, all of which were donated or reused for fabric — none went to landfills! Watch our uniform recycling story.
- Electronics recycling - In our support centers, crewmembers at JetBlue have donated and recycled nearly 1,000 cellphones. At the airport, crewmembers have safely recycled thousands of pounds of batteries, light bulbs, chemicals and fuel oil since 2010. To learn more, view our environmental, social and business responsibility report.
- We are working on establishing systems to do more! If you have ideas on how JetBlue can encourage fabric and electronics recycling, please share your ideas and let us know what you think!