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01.07.20

London Victoria approaching 85% recycling target

The second busiest train station in Britain has begun a trial to recycle 85% of all waste created on site.  

Network Rail’s London Victoria is working alongside its train operators and waste specialist The Green Block, to take the number one spot for recycling on Britain’s railway with a six-month trial.

A unit has been set up at the station where all contaminated rubbish from across the site, from public bins, trains, retailers and offices.

The waste will then be segregated, washed, compact, baled, weighed, electronically tagged and then stored ready for collection and recycling.

The aim is to be recycle 85% of the waste generated by the station and its users.

Recycling unit

Stations director for Network Rail Southern region, Nicole Cohen-Wray, said: “We’re really excited about this trial and this is a big opportunity to reduce our environmental footprint. All scheduled trains that use our station are electric, but we know it’s not enough just to provide environmentally-friendly transport – that would be too easy! We’re doing everything we can with our colleagues at Southeastern and GTR to make our station sustainable, and a green ambassador for the railway.”

Co-founder and Head of Transformation for The Green Block, Adam Williams, said: ““We are absolutely delighted to be supporting Network Rail in this innovative management of waste trial. The project has been planned for many months and seeing the project rolled out at one of the largest transportation hubs within the UK, is a fantastic achievement. Together we are going to change the culture and behaviours towards the management and recycling of waste.”

Images: Network Rail 

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