Airline Reuses Plastic Cutlery 30 Times

Plastic cutlery on Qantas, Australia's largest international airline, gets reused as often as 30 times before it is thrown out.

Qantas collects plastic knives, forks and spoons at the end of meals and sends them to a washing facility to be cleaned. Qantas uses plastic cutlery in economy cabins; premium economy, business and first class use plastic knives and metal forks and spoons.

The Daily Telegraph reports:

“Qantas defended its recycling policy, saying the plastic used was more robust than the disposable plastic of take-away cutlery and was put through a strict cleaning process.”

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