In recognition of Clean Beaches Week, July 1-7, 2017, Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) today highlighted cruise line contributions to keeping the world’s beaches and oceans clean.
“Cruise ships use some of the most innovative recycling, reduction and reuse strategies in the world,” said Cindy D’Aoust, CLIA president and CEO. “Thanks to the leadership of cruise lines and the efforts of dedicated Crewmembers, cruise ships recycle 60 percent more trash per passenger than is recycled by the average person on land.”
This recycling includes more than 80,000 tons of paper, plastic, aluminum and glass each year. Unrecyclable waste on cruise ships can be less than 1.5 pounds per person per day, compared to the average of 4 to 5 pounds per person per day on land in the United States.
Cruise ships can repurpose nearly 100 percent of the waste generated on board – by reducing, reusing, donating, recycling and converting waste into energy. In addition, the cruise industry actively encourages passengers to join environmental stewardship efforts, by offering onboard resource conservation programs.
In cooperation with its Members, CLIA is developing a report to highlight the state of the industry’s environmental initiatives in 2016 and its ongoing commitment to responsible, sustainable cruising.
“Beautiful oceans and destinations are critical to cruise travel. The cruise industry is committed to protecting the environment because it is the right thing to do, and it is fundamental to the success of our industry,” D’Aoust said. “The cruise industry takes seriously its responsibility to recycle and reduce waste to ensure our guests have a wonderful vacation experience. CLIA Cruise Line Members pride themselves on being leaders in recycling, and look forward to continuing to innovate.”
About Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA)
Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) is the world’s largest cruise industry trade association, providing a unified voice and leading authority of the global cruise community. The association has 15 offices globally with representation in North and South America, Europe, Asia and Australasia. CLIA supports policies and practices that foster a safe, secure, healthy and sustainable cruise ship environment for the more than 23 million passengers who cruise annually and is dedicated to promote the cruise travel experience. Members are comprised of the world's most prestigious ocean, river and specialty cruise lines; a highly trained and certified travel agent community; and cruise line suppliers and partners, including ports & destinations, ship development, suppliers and business services. The organization’s mission is to be the unified global organization that helps its members succeed by advocating, educating and promoting for the common interests of the cruise community. For more information, visit www.cruising.org or follow Cruise Lines International Association on CLIA Facebook and Twitter pages.
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