Greater Anglia works with Veolia to recycle waste across rail network

Published on: Tuesday, 8 August 2017
Last updated: Tuesday, 8 August 2017

Greater Anglia has increased its recycling by 71% in the past five years and has now appointed a new contractor in a bid to further improve recycling rates and cut the amount of rubbish sent to landfill.

In 2012/13, the rail operator recycled 38% of waste across its network, however in 2016/17 that figure was 65% which represents an increase of 71%. Last year, Greater Anglia collected 2,999 tonnes of waste, which is the equivalent weight of 18 InterCity trains.

Greater Anglia has now appointed Veolia, the UK’s leading resource management company, to manage its waste contract.

Jay Thompson, Head of Safety, Security and Sustainability at Greater Anglia, said: “Sustainability is very important to Greater Anglia. We are very pleased to be working with Veolia across our network to increase the amount of waste which is recycled and reduce the amount which is sent to landfill.

“We would encourage all passengers to either use the bins provided at stations or on trains, or take their rubbish home with them.”

Gavin Graveson, Chief Operating Officer, Public & Commercial Veolia UK and Ireland, said: “Greater Anglia has made tremendous improvements in their recycling efforts to date and we’re pleased to be on-board to increase them even further. Together a focus will be put on reducing the amount of materials going to landfill by ensuring as much recyclate as possible is separated from general waste, reducing contamination to help increase recycling. We’re very much looking forward to working together and seeing improvements across the Greater Anglia network.”

Year % of waste which was recycled
2012/13 38
2013/14 43
2014/15 55
2015/16 63
2016/17 65