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Qatar smashes recycling target

Qatar has recycled thousands of tonnes of on-board goods to people in need.

Qatar Airways' catering arm has smashed its annual environmental targets. The airline has recycled more one million kilograms of waste in twelve months, donating more than 100,000 pieces of goods and surplus food supplies to people in need across the globe.

This latest achievement is a testament to our dedication as a responsible carrier," said Qatar Airways' group chief executive, Akbar Al Baker. "As a global airline connected to more than 140 destinations around the world, we are committed towards giving back to the communities who have continuously supported us."

Qatar Aircraft Catering Company has reduced its annual waste by more than 1,500 tonnes by introducing recycling programmes for cardboard, chemical drums, plastic water bottles and paper. These items are sent for reprocessing into goods that can either be used locally or exported. QACC has also partnered with non-profit organisations Qatar Charity and Hifz Al Naema to distribute donated goods such as cotton blankets, mattresses, feather duvets and food condiments.

Further projects include using local fruit and vegetable suppliers, decreasing Qatar's equipment and linen loading weight to reduce fuel consumption and the catering company is also planning a greenhouse farming project to provide micro-herbs and greens.

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