Indian Railway has a commitment to provide hygienic environment to passengers and to keep station premises/track clean. We have removed solid waste from Kanhangad, Kannur, Palakkad Railway Station, and also from neighbouring state Tamil Nadu, Erode Railway Station. We have also provided waste bins so that the waste generation can be reduced

What type of waste is generated at railway station?

Non-biodegradable- This comprises mainly of plastic waste from mineral water bottles, aluminum foil etc. The garbage accumulated in the trains and station premises are collected either departmentally or through outside agencies.

What has been taken by Indian Railways to reduce plastic waste?

This is in line with Indian Railways' announcement made last year to install plastic bottle crushers at 2,000 stations across the country. As per the plan, these machines will be installed on platforms and at exit points to prevent passengers from throwing used bottles anywhere on the station premises or tracks.

Where does train toilet waste go in India?

Bio-Vacuum: With this system, human waste is discharged into a biodegradable tank. The system reduces the consumption of water as well as bad odour, enhancing the passenger experience

How do train toilets empty?

Mercifully, new trains no longer dump waste on the tracks. Instead, trains are fitted with chemical holding tanks. These are connected to regular toilets or vacuum toilets. Like aeroplanes, these need to be emptied regularly, leading to trains having to return to terminal stations.