NS recycling

What to do with the last 4% of waste materials from train interiors that are renovated? At WDCD Live 2018 Dutch railways service NS invited researchers, designers, and entrepreneurs to come up with answers to that question. This video report gives you an impression of this lively workshop.

Dutch railways service NS facilitates about 1 million passengers each day. The company has sustainability in its DNA. All NS trains are powered by 100% sustainable energy. NS is trying to further reduce its CO2 footprint by reviewing production and maintenance of new trains. But before acquiring new trains, existing trains are modernized to extend their life cycle as long as possible. Following the renovation, a lot of high-grade materials become available. 86% of these materials are reused in the modernized trains and 10% finds its way to a new life outside the train.

For the remaining 4%, consisting of five difficult to reuse train interior parts, WDCD Live visitors were asked to invent new uses. Watch the video to get a grasp of what came out of this workshop. The concepts produced are now being considered for further development into working prototypes and trials.

NS at What Design Can Do
Explanation of the last materials to be recycled (photo by Marieke den Ouden)