While travelling on the local Copenhagen train system, I was curious to find plastic bags at the back of each seat.

Plastic bags on Oresundstag

Why are these kept there / what purpose are they supposed to be used for?

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    Trash. It is the typical way of doing it in all Danish trains (except the S-tog). There are also actual trash cans in the lobbies around the doors. – Thorbjørn Ravn Andersen May 27 '16 at 21:42
  • For those who get train sick. – DonielF Apr 13 '17 at 18:04

Firstly, that's not a local train - it's the international train that links Denmark and Sweden.

To answer your question: I asked about this when I was travelling on the Øresundståg a couple of years ago as I wanted somewhere to put trash. The train manager told me I can use it for "whatever I want" and that the bags are there as a convenience for customers and to help reduce the amount of trash left openly on the train.

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    The same trains operate local services between Elsinore, Copenhagen and the airport (only some of which continue towards Sweden). – Henning Makholm May 27 '16 at 14:22
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    Didn't know this was the international train! I was going to Humblaek. Also the weird thing is there ARE bins on the train near carriage exits, so I'd have expected littering to be less of an issue. – Ankur Banerjee May 27 '16 at 14:24
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    Even with bins, people sadly love to leave their rubbish wherever is most convenient for them. – MJeffryes May 27 '16 at 14:38
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    It is a local train by designation as opposed to long-distance or high-speed trains such as the X2000. Apart from the cross-border Malmö–Kopenhagen bit, they perform regional train duties far into Sweden with a significant number of passengers (if not the overwhelming majority) not crossing any border. Also, bahn.de gives the train numbers a preceding R for regional i.e. local. – Jan May 27 '16 at 14:48
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    Øresundståg are regional trains around Øresund (the strait north of Copenhagen/Malmø). The area just happens to be in two countries. – Thorbjørn Ravn Andersen May 27 '16 at 21:40

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