Plastic cutlery and cups to be banned by Network Rail


Network Rail has announced plans to ban retailers from supplying plastic cutlery and cups in managed stations by the end of 2020. 

The Rail company has said that it will also implement a coffee cup recycling scheme for managed stations and expand the roll out of coffee ground recycling to all managed stations by the end of 2020. 


This is part of the company’s ambition to be market leaders for sustainability. 

A total of 94% Network Rail’s waste is already diverted from landfill, but now it wants to use its position to encourage the adoption of more environmental initiatives within its stations. 

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Network Rail chief executive Mark Carne said: “Network Rail has an important responsibility to the British public which goes much further than travel.  We manage Britain’s biggest and busiest stations and we have to ensure we are using that role to make sensible and ethical decisions to protect our environment. 

“That’s why today we’re proud to announce that we will be tackling some of the biggest sustainability issues we face head on.” 

The company has already written to the 150 retail brands based in its 20 managed stations outlining its plans to work with them to eliminate plastic cutlery and cups and has also begun trials of coffee cup recycling at London stations Victoria and Paddington. 

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