Recycling is tuning into a bigger and bigger subject these days – especially when we look at recycling on a plane – where it’s sometimes difficult to separate liquids, cans plastics into different streams (least of all the mess, but also mixing the waste streams – which can make items difficult to handle.
Iacobucci HF Aerospace of Italy may have hit on something – a modular configurable recycling trolley called the ReTrolley.
Developed with “Airbus BizLab” accelerator program, the trolley helps the crew to separate the rubbish with a high degree of ease of use.
ReTrolley Demonstration Units – Images, Economy Class and Beyond
The trolley is available in a half and full-sized variants (so depending on the airline, will depending what suits their operation), thus fitting into galley configurations easily.
As much as I would like to show you the layouts of the trolleys – I can’t (as other companies are also interested in Recycling Trolleys), but I can describe what’s in them.
The trolleys can be configured with different elements such as:
- A Can Crusher (reducing the volume of a can to something quite small
- A dedicated liquids disposal area – so liquids don’t mix the waste streams
- Space to stack cups
- Waste disposal of different sorts (recyclable or otherwise)
The items link together robustly, and thus will stay in place when in flight – and when it comes to sorting items out post flight and preparing the trolley to go out again, ease of switching consumables.
The ReTrolley is an example of a Crystal Cabin Award winner (from 2017, winning “Greener Cabin, Health, Safety and Environment”) and the APEX Award 2017 (“Best Cabin Innovation”) taking flight and becoming an offer-able item to airlines.
Cabin innovation comes in many forms – for most of us – the seats we sit in. But if Airlines can improve their green credentials by improving recycling on-board, it’s a step forward in sorting the waste that can build up on a flight.
Economy Class and Beyond was a guest of Iacobucci HF Aerospace to tour their stand.
We’re continuing look back at Aircraft Interiors Expo with things that caught my eye – or things that deserves more than the cursory quick post from the floor of the exhibition
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