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VIA Rail expands waste reduction strategy

The railroad is reducing plastic usage and packaging on its new corridor fleet trains as they enter service. VIA Rail aims to achieve zero waste by 2025.
Photo – VIA Rail Canada Inc.


VIA Rail Canada Inc. announced operational changes on the Quebec City-Windsor corridor in order to reduce waste.

The railroad has changed the type of plastic cups used on the corridor trains, resulting in a 25% decrease in plastic usage; reduced sandwich packaging, saving the equivalent of more than six tons of waste; and trained more than 70% of employees on trains to improve recycling, VIA Rail officials said in a press release.

The reductions apply to economy and business classes on the corridor fleet. The railroad aims to offer a "zero-waste experience" on the route by 2025, said VIA Rail Chief Customer Officer Rita Toporowski.

"Determined to embed sustainability in every aspect of our operations, our zero-waste initiative exemplifies the vision we have for VIA Rail as a sustainable, modern and accessible mode of transportation,” she said.

The railroad also plans to begin using reusable glassware and water pitchers instead of plastic ones as each new corridor train enters service, which will cut plastic bottle usage by more than two tons, VIA Rail officials said. The railroad is already providing reusable cutlery and dishware to business-class riders.