OBJECTIVE FOR 2030 : 50% less non-recycled waste in 2030 compared to 2011
Selective waste sorting on board
Since 1 October 2019, Air France has been committed to the selective sorting of waste on board. Waste sorting, carried out on all short, medium and long-haul flights to Paris, concerns plastic bottles, cardboard juice cartons and aluminium cans. Items are sorted on board by the cabin crew, then collected by Servair at Paris-CDG and Paris-Orly, and recycled in France or Europe. The possibility of extending this initiative to flights departing from Paris is being studied on the basis of a regulatory and operational analysis of each destination.
Recycling of aviation scrap metal
As far as possible, the "cradle-to-cradle" principle (or "permanent recycling" principle) is applied to reintegrate the waste into a new production cycle. (e.g. reuse and recovery of spare parts). This programme is extended to other types of waste, such as furniture, equipment, pallets and blankets.
Recycling of used uniforms
A permanent collection circuit for Air France uniforms and work clothes has been set up. Staff are therefore invited to deposit uniforms and work clothes in secure containers on Air France premises. The uniforms are collected at various sites (30.2 tonnes of textiles since September 2018 at Roissy) and are recovered by various partners, including an ESAT (a vocational centre for workers with disabilities), and then recycled.
The uniforms are collected, recycled and recovered for energy in the form of textile pellets, while the ashes are used in the manufacture of cement. In addition, employees have launched the "100% Uniforms" initiative to recycle uniforms to make other products, such as the new collection of non-aeronautical accessories (pouches, etc.).
Processing old seats
During the move upmarket of the medium and long-haul cabins, this process enabled the reuse and recovery of spare parts and the recycling of seat foam and metals.
In 2019, to reduce its environmental footprint, Air France has set itself the objective of replacing 80% of single-use plastics with sustainable alternatives by 2025, while complying with the regulatory and health constraints imposed on airlines.
By the end of 2019, Air France will have eliminated 210 million single-use plastic items, i.e. 1,300 tonnes (100 million plastic cups replaced by paper cups, 85 million plastic cutlery items replaced by cutlery manufactured and packaged from bio-sourced materials, 25 million plastic stirrers replaced by wooden stirrers).
The company has stopped distributing plastic straws since 2015, i.e. a reduction of 1.3 million.
Since 2018, Air France has also been offering "Bon appétit" bags to replace the plate and cutlery kit used for the second long-haul meal.
Reducing food waste
There are two main ways to reduce food waste: the adjustment of on-board services and a strict policy of stock management.
Based on flight load statistics and passenger habits, AF is able to prevent waste and reduce production and transport costs, as well as on-board weight, therefore reducing CO2 emissions.
Digital innovations provide a better idea of customer demand, such as the pre-selection of hot dishes in the Air France Business cabin.
In addition, when certain food products or items can no longer be used on board, they are donated to charities. Air France supports the Restos du Cœur and Food Banks.
The Cargo division is also involved in the fight against food waste
Air France KLM Martinair Cargo is an active player in the transport of perishable products. The teams are in constant contact with all the players in the chain (producers, exporters, importers, supermarkets, airport authorities, etc.) in order to promote the sustainable development of the agricultural sector and air transport. Numerous initiatives are underway
In order to avoid the destruction of products and encourage their reuse, Air France signed a framework agreement with the Agence du Don en Nature (ADN) in January 2017.
By donating new, reformed products such as crockery, or reconditioned products such as blankets, Air France supports the actions of the association ADN, which collects and redistributes new non-food products in order to fight exclusion in France.
In 2019, when the Air France cabin interiors were modified, more than 25,000 business class blankets were donated to ADN.
In addition, when Joon ceased operations, more than 6,500 items of Joon uniform were recycled via a donation to the association SAMU Social.