Recycling advertising materials used on TfL network

MQT on 2014-09-17
Session date: 
September 17, 2014
Question By: 
Darren Johnson
City Hall Greens
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


Further to TfL's commitment (2012/2693) that it would ask its suppliers to investigate alternatives to non-recyclable advertising materials on Underground stations and Overground trains, please set out the percentage of these materials which are now recycled?


Answer for Recycling advertising materials used on TfL network

Answer for Recycling advertising materials used on TfL network

Answered By: 
The Mayor

All printed customer information and temporary signage produced for London Underground and London Rail is disposed of using its Commercial and Industrial (C&I) waste contracts.

In 2012/13, it collected 31,813 tonnes of waste at its stations, maintenance depots and buildings and 69 per cent of this was recycled.

As this is a consolidated service, TfL does not have a percentage breakdown for the constituent elements which are recycled.

Currently all printed customer information is produced on 100 per cent recyclable paper, which itself is produced from 75 per cent recycled and 25 per cent sustainable materials.

The temporary signage cannot currently be recycled, as the fire prevention standards requirement precludes the use of any material other than laminated vinyl. However, these are disposed of in a responsible manner via the C&I waste contract.