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Waste management

Waste Management

Systematic waste management on board is standard at AIDA and is regulated in accordance with the provisions set down by MARPOL. Disposal facilities in the ports where our ships dock are thoroughly investigated as early as the route planning stage. On that basis, the waste management process for each voyage is planned in such a way that we make use of the most environmentally friendly disposal methods available.

Prevention of waste

Food waste

We continually reduce our resource consumption and waste generation by means of regular new initiatives. We often target large impacts with relatively small measures.

Virtually all of the dishes in our restaurants and bars on board are prepared using fresh ingredients. The fewer convenience products we offer, the less food waste and packaging waste is generated. Every individual stage of preparation with the 2,000 ingredients on board rests in the hands of specially trained crew members, and each one of them can be adjusted to meet the requests of our guests or to suit the stock on board. For our onboard buffet restaurants alone we can prepare more than 7,000 dishes and snacks using raw ingredients. To this end we can consult more than 17,500 recipes and cooking methods.

We bake our own bread rolls and loaves on board so that we have no need to buy frozen bread products or even store them on board.

This not only saves space and reduces weight but also fuel, which preserves the environment by lowering CO2 emissions.

An optimized re-order system has been introduced on board AIDAperla and AIDAprima. We also go to great lengths to avoid food waste in the buffet restaurants. With this so-called “runner system”, front of house staff send orders to the kitchen using mobile devices, on the basis of which only the food actually required is prepared. The re-order system accesses comparative data, interprets inventory data by means of an automatic stock management and provides quick and effective assistance for menu suggestions, which can then be sent to the onboard kitchens.


Other waste

Many drinks on board are no longer purchased in bottles, but instead in special drink containers with a large volume. The roughly 4 million liters of wine supplied to our ships each year are now delivered in reusable 1,045 liter containers rather than in conventional bottles. This allows us to cut down our usage by the equivalent of 4.2 million 750 ml wine bottles. In the same way, we can also cut down on the following packaging waste: six million 330 ml soft drink cans, 5.75 million 330 ml beer bottles and 800,000 1 liter fruit juice extract tetra packs.

We were able to cut down consumption by the equivalent of 13.7 million glass bottles in 2017.

By switching to a ten centimeter narrower plastic wrap, we were able to reduce our plastic wastage in the kitchens. Furthermore, we have replaced numerous disposable products, such as tasting spoons in the kitchens, disposable aprons and disposable bottles, with reusable products. We ensure that any disposable products still in use on board, such as paper napkins, are biodegradable wherever possible.

Our paper-saving measures make a further significant contribution to conserving resources, two of which are to reduce the number of printed publications and to process data electronically. In our company headquarters in Rostock, we only use printers that serve an entire floor, rather than individual printers. An employee must first of all confirm the print order at the machine itself in order to print a document. To save paper, we have set the printing presets on all of our devices to double-sided.

Since 2012, AIDA has supported the initiative ‘CEOs pro Recycling Paper’. Each type of paper that we use is certified accordingly and have even been awarded the Silver ‘Cradle to Cradle’ seal.

Since 2013, we have been only been printing bills on board when they are specifically requested. On each voyage, only between 20 and 50 guests have their bills printed on board. This allows us to save on average 4,400 sheets of paper and 1,100 envelopes per voyage. This does not result in any disadvantages for our guests. They are able to view their bill at their convenience through the onboard portal and through MyAIDA or in their inbox once their voyage has come to an end.

Using SignPads at check-in and when booking and organizing excursions presents the opportunity to make use of electronic signatures. AIDA is thus able to cut down the number of printed receipts by around a million each year.

All in all, we have been able to reduce our consumption of printer paper per head by 58.5 percent since 2012.

On board all of our AIDA ships there are now digital photo stations, at which our guests can view their favorite holiday snaps, then select order their desired photos on the screen. There is therefore no longer any need to develop all photos upfront, which saves around 50 percent in paper and chemicals.

In collaboration with the online portal iKiosk, we offer our guests an exclusive selection of press and media-related material on board. Our own onboard media, such as port information and our onboard magazine ‘AIDA Today’ (AIDA Heute), allows us to provide our guests with information in digital format. These are only some measures to reduce paper consumption on board.

Waste sorting and treatment

Waste sorting on board our ships has long been common practice. Metal is compressed to save space and glass is crushed. Aluminum and other metals are collected in separate containers. Food waste is likewise compressed and drained. The result is a fully biodegradable substance, comparable with the kind of compost briquettes that can be purchased at a DIY store. After checks to ensure the separation was completed correctly, the sorted waste is sent ashore and recycled.

AIDA works with the best waste disposal companies at all of its destinations. Wherever possible, we make use of the services of certified disposal companies. This is certainly the case in every European port. For other destinations which have not yet developed the equivalent standards, we choose the best available alternative in each case. In order to ensure waste disposal is carried out correctly, we particularly make sure we choose local waste disposal companies that are inspected by the authorities.

No matter how well our disposal system works, it goes without saying it is better to produce as little waste as possible. This is why we work hard continually to reduce our waste accumulation per person and per day.

Waste sorting and treatment