KLM trials a closed-loop recycling system
Developed in collaboration with deSter.

KLM TRIALS A CLOSED LOOP RECYCLING SYSTEM FOR ITS CATERING SUPPLIES
DURING TEST FLIGHT BETWEEN AMSTERDAM AND VANCOUVER

On December 18, KLM Royal Dutch Airlines conducted a test flight with flight Nr. KL0681 from Amsterdam to Vancouver with catering supplies on board that have mostly been collected and recycled within a new, closed-loop system. The containers, lids and glasses were collected earlier this month off four Vancouver Amsterdam flights. They have now been cleaned and are after recycling being reused on this flight.

During this innovative test, dessert and salad trays, lids, plastic glasses and hot meal trays – which, according to European legislation, would have to be disposed of on flights from outside Europe – can now be washed and recycled. Cutlery can be reused after it has been washed and checked.

KLM is the first airline in the world to trial the recycling of different catering items within a closed-loop system. The trial is being organised jointly with deSter, which supplies KLM with its catering materials.