What happens to all those uneaten inflight meals?
Henry Ho is assistant environmental and hygiene manager at CPCS. ‘When the meal carts are unloaded from aircraft arriving in Hong Kong they are delivered back to our facility,’ he says. ‘Feeding Hong Kong has staff based there who remove all the sealed drinks cartons and cereals.’
As with so many things linked to aviation, food waste is governed by very strict regulations. In some countries, all unused food has to be removed and destroyed or buried deep – which makes sense for food cooked many hours previously. But for sealed and nonperishable goods, this seems excessive.