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Separating waste

We have been separating waste in our offices and workplaces for quite some time now, but there are still more options for separating waste too, for instance at stations, in trains and in retail units. Part of this waste is already being separated and there are currently a number of projects underway to test the feasibility of waste separation. By 2025 we aim to be separating waste in the most effective manner possible at 50 major stations. As a result we will be processing 90% of the waste produced in stations, trains and retails units in a responsible manner.

Separating waste at the station

Waste at stations consists of a variety of different materials. A large part of it is paper, packaging materials (PMD) and organic waste. Pilot schemes for separating and recycling waste have been operating at several stations since 2015. Special instruction stickers on the waste bins inform travellers that waste is separated at the station.

Waste paper is separated from residual waste at 15 major stations. We are now working with waste processors to examine how subsequent separation of residual waste can allow a larger portion to be reused. 

Separating waste on the train

Newspapers and magazines have been collected separately since 2015. Circulation of the Metro paper has halved since 2017 and passengers have been asked to leave their copies behind so that other passengers can read them too. This means that fewer copies need to be printed, and ensures that the newspapers remain dry and clean, making them more suitable for recycling. A pilot project on waste separation is currently underway in the new sprinter trains. 

A newspaper's journey

Waste separation in retail units

It is standard practice at almost all station retail units to separate two waste flows: residual waste and paper/cardboard/plastic film. At 12 stations, many shops and restaurants also separate their biodegradable waste. This biodegradable waste is then processed into biogas or green electricity and the residue is used as compost.