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JetBlue brings composting program to JFK airport

JetBlue’s partnership with Air Ventures and Royal Waste Services will help minimize travelers’ carbon footprint as they dine on the go.

JetBlue Airways entered 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 (JFK). 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 lbs. 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.

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 fertilizer 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.

JetBlue is creating a healthier planet through a variety of efforts. JetBlue recently accepted Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s Carbon Challenge to reduce carbon gas emissions in New York City. JetBlue also took an environmentally-friendly approach during the construction of its new corporate support center in Long Island City, adding to the building’s recognition by the U.S. Green Building Council as having achieved Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design for Existing Buildings Silver certification.

Since 2008, JetBlue has partnered with Carbonfund.org, a nonprofit organization that allows customers to offset carbon dioxide emissions generated by their individual air travel. The airline also offsets all crewmember business travel. Carbon offsets balance out carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions from a flight by supporting projects that reduce CO2 elsewhere. The airline offsets CO2 emissions through CarbonFund.org which manages a variety of sustainable initiatives including renewable energy and methane projects; energy efficiency and carbon credits and reforestation.

Additionally, over the past 6 years through its One Thing That’s Green, JetBlue has planted 1,333 trees and cleaned up nearly three tons of trash throughout New York City in an effort to improve air quality. These trees will remove 34,658 lbs. of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere over the course of their lives.