Newrest Atlanta implements integrated waste system vacuum

May 22, 2024

Atlanta, GA — Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport is the world’s busiest airport catering to more than 100 million passengers a year and employing more than 60,000 people. Atlanta is also Delta Airlines’ largest hub location and Newrest is the latest company to join the Atlanta airport community in June 2021. 

In 2020, Newrest began plans to redesign the largest kitchen in the US and the largest Newrest kitchen in the group. The facility was designed by the group’s internal construction department with a wealth of experience designing and constructing in-flight kitchens around the world. The state-of-the-art kitchen was designed with a priority on food safety. The kitchen’s innovative design allows for the team to effortlessly cater 150 flights per day with room to grow to 350 flights per day.

The facilities design is highly focused on Newrest’s Corporate social responsibility (CSR) values which focus on recycling cardboard, plastic, and aluminum recycling. The facility’s innovative approach to building flights had dramatically reduced paper waste by the end of 2021. A unique addition to their facility was the addition of a food waste biodigester integrated with a transport system from Meiko.

One of a kind integrated waste system

Central to Newrest Atlanta’s transformative journey was the adoption of revolutionary waste management solutions by Power Knot and Meiko. The integration of Power Knot’s LFC biodigester and Meiko’s waste system vacuum heralded a new era of efficiency and sustainability in waste disposal practices. 

The LFC biodigester, a pinnacle of engineering ingenuity, adeptly digests food waste, mitigating the environmental impact of landfill disposal while streamlining operational processes. Meiko’s waste system vacuum seamlessly transports organic waste to the biodigester, eliminating manual handling and minimizing labor requirements.

New savings for Newrest

“The airline industry is currently facing major staffing issues. The combination of the Meiko and Power Knot systems reduce the amount of time and labor required to dispose of the food waste,” said Iain Milnes, President at Power Knot. “Newrest employees are empowered to focus on delivering quality service and care to the airline customers.”

The integration of the Meiko and Power Knot waste management systems at Newrest Atlanta’s Kitchen facility yields significant benefits across various facets of operations. By automating the disposal of organic waste through a simple vacuum system, the company saves considerable time and labor that would otherwise be spent on manual handling and transportation tasks. This streamlined process not only enhances operational efficiency but also leads to cost savings by reducing labor expenses and waste disposal fees. Moreover, the automated system improves sanitation standards within the facility, minimizing the risk of pest infestation and bacterial growth while promoting a cleaner and safer working environment for employees.

Overall, the integration of the Meiko and Power Knot waste management systems at Newrest Atlanta delivers a multitude of benefits, including time and cost savings, labor optimization, and improved sanitation standards. By embracing innovative solutions that align with their CSR values, Newrest demonstrates its commitment to sustainability, operational excellence, and customer satisfaction in the dynamic aviation industry.