JetBlue Airways, New York’s Hometown Airline™, today announced a partnership with Air Ventures and Royal Waste Services to compost leftovers from select restaurants in Terminal 5 (T5) at John F. Kennedy International Airport. Air Ventures, the franchisee that owns and operates the Jamba Juice and Dunkin Donuts restaurants in T5 and Royal Waste Services have committed to work with the airline to separate and haul nearly 300 pounds of food waste each day for composting.
Preserving the environment and creating a healthier planet is a core pillar of JetBlue’s sustainability philosophy. Compost is good for the environment, reduces the amount of solid waste that goes into landfills, redirects it to become a useful product and decreases the production of greenhouse gases such as methane.
“We have a greater responsibility to the community than just transporting people from point A to point B,” said Robin Hayes , chief commercial officer, JetBlue Airways. “As a corporate citizen and leader in our industry, we seek opportunities to recycle, reduce and restore. 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 program 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.”
This collaboration is JetBlue’s most recent sustainability effort. Rather than tossing food into the trash, Air Ventures will throw compostable food scraps into bins which Royal Waste Services will then transport to a composting facility to turn it into fertiliser and nutrient rich soil for local farms including McEnroe Organic Farm in upstate New York. JetBlue plans to extend this partnership to other vendors in JFK’s T5, as well as other airports throughout its network.
“We know that reducing the landfill footprint is the right business and social choice,” said Stephen Baldi , operating partner, Air Ventures. “Our dedicated managers and team members who see the waste on a daily basis want to do this and help make the program happen.”
“Composting is a no-brainer,” said Joe Morra , general manager, Royal Waste Services. “As a company, we can reduce costs. As corporate citizens, we can keep good materials out of landfill.”