TransPennine Express is a train operating company that runs regional and inter-city rail services between the major cities and towns of Northern England and Scotland.
As well as managing 19 stations on its routes, TransPennine Express also completes around 29 million passenger journeys in a typical year.
With a focus on reducing its negative environmental impact, TransPennine Express is committed to conserving resources, limiting waste and embedding circular economy principles into its operational activities.
Although TPE already has recycling bins and general waste bins at its stations, TPE is seeking to further increase recycling. A route to achieve this is by tackling beverage cup waste. Single-use coffee cups not only clog up general waste bins but also often find themselves contaminating recycling bins. This is often as a result of customers believing that, because they’re predominantly made of paper, they can be treated like other paper products when, in fact, they require specialist recycling processes to recycle them.
TransPennine Express understood that, in order to begin recycling paper cups, new processes and infrastructure needed to be adopted, beginning with segregating cup waste from other waste materials.
To achieve this, dedicated cup bins were required and so the train company turned immediately to co-cre8; currently the only supplier of cup collection bins to be approved by the Department of Transport.
To begin with, ten co-cre8 Mobile Cup Recycling Stations were ordered by TransPennine Express, and all branded to its specific design requirements. Three each of the cup collection bins have been placed on the station concourses of Hull, Scarborough and Cleethorpes, with the remaining one kept in reserve.
Each bin has separate apertures for cups, lids and liquids, ensuring that the materials collected can all be recycled without contamination. Furthermore, bins liners are used so that the waste materials can more easily be emptied and the bins are kept cleaner.
Cup recycling at TransPennine Express has only just started yet initial feedback is extremely encouraging.
“Cup waste was not only dragging down our recycling stats but was also contaminating valuable materials that were then prevented from being recycled”
“The system we have now put into place will transform this problem. The cup collection bins are prominently positioned in three of our key stations and, together with the clear and concise signage, customers will now find it easy to dispose their coffee cups in the correct bin after use. Once we’ve had some experience of how the bins are being used, our expectation is that they will be rolled out to other stations over the course of the next year.”Nicola Martin, Head of Sustainability TransPennine Express