What SBB is doing about it.
The disposal and recycling of used materials is an important facet of environmental responsibility, and is given a high priority at SBB.
For SBB, dealing with materials sustainably means avoiding or reducing waste wherever possible, collecting recyclables separately if it can be recycled and disposing of residual waste in an environmentally compatible ways.
But waste disposal and recycling not only affects SBB's operational and maintenance materials – the growing quantities of rubbish in trains and at stations also presents a major challenge. The waste that SBB disposes of each year would fill around 2,700 freight trucks. These could form a train over 30 kilometres long, which would completely fill the line from Berne to Biel/Bienne. As customers, you too can make a contribution.
Each day around 400 employees clean over 800 stations for our customers. A further 850 members of staff make sure our trains are clean. And they have been working on the move too – during peak periods, our mobile cleaners in their red uniforms have been collecting plastic bottles, coffee cups and newspapers and emptying waste bins on major routes.
Recycling points – a success story.
Since 2012, passengers have been able to dispose of paper, PET and aluminium separately at our 34 largest stations. The recycling points are a great success − 95% of customers have disposed of recyclable materials correctly. SBB estimates that over 6,000 tonnes of newspapers, PET bottles and aluminium cans, that would previously have ended up in an incinerator are now recycled every year.