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Greater Anglia's rubbish: Passengers left 3,000 tonnes on trains last year

PUBLISHED: 11:17 08 August 2017 | UPDATED: 11:17 08 August 2017

A Greater Anglia train hit a branch between Norwich and Cromer. Picture: Sonya Duncan

A Greater Anglia train hit a branch between Norwich and Cromer. Picture: Sonya Duncan

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Rail operator Greater Anglia has increased its recycling rates by nearly two-thirds in five years – and has taken on a new contractor to drive the figure higher.

In 2012/13, the rail operator recycled 38% of waste across its network, but the figure increased to 65% in 2016/17, which represents an increase of 71%.

Last year, Greater Anglia collected 2,999 tonnes of waste – the equivalent weight of 18 InterCity trains. It has now appointed Veolia 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.”

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