Lambert St Louis International Airport has commenced a pilot food waste recycling programme that will convert food leftovers from several restaurants into high-grade agricultural compost for use on farms and gardens.
The airport is partnering with concessionaire HMSHost for the three-month pilot programme, which has been funded by a grant from the St Louis-Jefferson Solid Waste Management District (SWMD) and the Missouri Department of Natural Resources (MDNR).
SWMD’s Executive Director David Berger commented: “The sheer number of airport users who will see food waste composting in action will also have a big impact on raising awareness for recycling.”
Beers of the World in Concourse A, Pasta House in Terminal 1, Brioche Dorée/HMSHost production kitchen in Terminal 1; and Chili’s Too in Terminal 2 will participate in the programme, accounting for 30% of the airport’s F&B options. The goal is to divert as much food waste from landfill facilities as possible.
Waste and leftovers will be collected by Blue Sky Recycling and processed by St Louis Composting. The compost will be sold as soil additives for farms and gardens.
The programme contributes to the airport’s waste minimisation goals, outlined in Lambert’s Environmental Management System (EMS). The EMS sustainability strategies also include reduction of energy use, utilisation of alternative fuels, increase in solid waste recycling and water conservation. (Image: STL)
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