Food waste

The Cathay Pacific Group, through Cathay Pacific, Cathay Dragon and Cathay Pacific Catering Services (CPCS), serves over 110,000 meals per day. We recognise that food waste is unavoidably created every day, and we have implemented a number of measures to reduce food waste, such as constantly reviewing food consumption on board, using leftovers and off-cuts for animal feed and reprocessing used cooking oil into vehicle biodiesel. However, we believe more can be done in order to assist with managing waste.

In total, CPCS produces around 83,800 meals per day, of which an average of 61,000 meals are served on Cathay Pacific flights. Cathay Dragon serves around 29,000 meals per day.

We joined the Hong Kong Airport Authority’s food waste recycling scheme in 2011, collecting and sorting food waste from our office canteens, restaurants, crew hotel and airport lounges.

In 2013, we began to donate surplus food from the canteens at Cathay Pacific City to the local charity Food Angel, who turn these remainders into hot meals to be consumed by underprivileged families in Hong Kong. Since the programme’s inception, we have donated 3,655 kg of food. At most of our outports, due to very strict health and safety regulations on international food waste, inflight waste (including from food) is required to be either buried or incinerated.

Since 2015, we have been donating surplus food and beverages from inbound flights to a local food bank, Feeding Hong Kong. 234 tonnes were collected and donated in 2016.

In 2016, CPCS also collaborated with Food Angel to donate surplus bread.

Inevitably we upload more food and beverages onboard than needed, to ensure our passengers get sufficient choice. It’s great for me to be able to help distribute salvaged items to the needy. When I am serving inflight, I will try to tidy up these items in a way that makes it easier for volunteers to sort them afterwards.

Jessie Chow

Flight Attendant and Cathay Pacific Volunteer