Eurostar — reducing plastic and paper use
Staying true to the reduce, reuse, recycle hierarchy, Eurostar has put a plan in place to reduce plastic and paper use alongside increasing recycling rates. Since 2018, Eurostar teams have been trained in segregating waste and how to meet the strict requirements of recycling centres — this has led to more than a 50% increase in recycling at Eurostar’s St Pancras terminal (which is now at 71%).
Eurostar has also started to eliminate single-use plastics such as straws and drinks stirrers and has introduced water bottles made of 51% recycled plastic. While acknowledging this is only a start, reducing plastic is now an essential requirement when selecting stock to sell on Eurostar trains and virgin plastic use has decreased by 24%. Digital improvements to encourage use of mobile tickets have helped to reduce paper use.