Fight the waste

1 year ago Mon 18th Mar 2019


To make our printed timetables more sustainable, Southern Vectis have created 15 brand new reuse & recycle timetable bins with an aim to reduce paper usage and waste.

Positioned at Southern Vectis Travel Shops at Ryde and Newport, at all major travel links (Island and mainland) and at the Visit Isle of Wight information centre, we encourage customers to pick up a timetable from the bin when it is needed and to put it back for the next person when finished - reusing & recycling each timetable in order to minimise print numbers.

“With the development of a brand new Southern Vectis website hosting all timetables as downloadable PDF versions, fare info, travel alerts, a real time tracker, and our Clickit2Ride mobile app – everything a customer needs to plan their bus journey can be found online,” explained Southern Vectis General Manager Richard Tyldsley. “However, there remains demand for a good old fashioned bus timetable.”

With these new bins, we are encouraging customers to take one and put it back so that a limited number of timetables are printed and reused over and over. At the end of the season, we will ask for all old timetables to be returned to the bins so that they can be taken away and recycled. It’s the next step for us to make our timetables more sustainable.”

Printed on paper from sustainably grown trees, for summer 2019 timetable printing will be capped at just 75k, compared to 125k in Summer 2018 and 350k (approx.) bus journeys a month.

In addition to the recycle bins, efforts will be made to encourage customers to start checking and downloading timetables online in order to reduce print numbers again come winter 2019, and again by summer 2020.

Help us to FIGHT THE WASTE by looking out for our brand new timetable reuse & recycle bins at the following locations:

  • Ryde Travel Shop
  • Newport Travel Shop
  • Visit Isle of Wight Information Centre, Newport
  • Fastcat Terminal, Ryde
  • Fastcat Terminal, Portsmouth
  • Red Jet Terminal, Cowes
  • Red Jet Terminal Southampton
  • Hovertravel Terminal, Ryde
  • Hovertravel Terminal, Southsea
  • Red Funnel Ferries, East Cowes
  • Red Funnel Ferries, Southampton
  • Wightlink Ferries, Fishbourne
  • Wightlink Ferries, Portsmouth
  • Wightlink Ferries, Yarmouth
  • Wightlink Ferries, Lymington