A trolley service to collect recyclable materials on trains will be trialled next month by National Express East Coast company.
Customers will be encouraged to recycle on board trains in February and March to help the company cut its waste by half.
If the trial is successful, the company could introduce the trolleys across all services to help meet targets to reduce waste by 50 per cent by 2010.
During the trial, a mobile trolley will travel the length of the train and staff will separate waste into colour coded bags. Customers will also be encouraged to separate waste, such as newspapers, aluminium cans and plastic and glass bottles into different coloured bags in a static trolley in standard class.
Environment manager Carolyn Bell said: People recycle in their own homes so Im convinced they will respond positively. The trolleys will be on different trains at different times of the day to get a comprehensive picture of how much recycling we can collect, and to gauge how customers have responded. We need to find out what works well before we can hopefully start full recycling operations on all of our trains in the second half of 2009.
The waste collected from trains will be transferred to a recycling centre in Newcastle.