VIA Rail Canada Implements Changes to Reduce Waste

Since the unveiling of its sustainability plan in April 2022, VIA Rail Canada (VIA Rail) has made steady progress towards its objective to offer a zero-waste experience on its new Corridor fleet by 2025 by focusing on the reduction of packaging and materials in Business and Economy classes and the improvement of waste collection on board its trains and in its facilities.

As we are determined to have an immediate impact on our overall waste reduction, improvements that can be applied on the existing fleet will be implemented right away. As such, our passengers can already experience various changes related to packaging and plastic use on our current Corridor fleet.

Amongst key changes recently implemented as part of its journey towards offering a zero-waste experience on its new Corridor fleet, VIA Rail:

  • Changed plastic cups, resulting in a 25% decrease in plastic use;
  • Reduced sandwich packaging, one of our top-selling products, saving the equivalent of more than six tons of waste annually in Economy class;
  • Completed in-class training of more than 70% of employees working on board trains to improve recycling and prepare for zero-waste objective.

Furthermore, adding to the reusable cutlery and dishware used in Business class on our current fleet, VIA Rail will also use reusable glassware and water pitchers instead of plastic as each new Corridor train enters service.  This change which is enabled by the configuration of the new fleet, will allow for a reduction of plastic bottles used in Business class of more than two tons annually.

-via Press Release


This article was posted on: April 12, 2023