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Removing Trash Bins From MTA Subway Stations a Bad Idea

It's doubtful that riders will carry their trash outside.

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority announced a plan on Monday to study the impact of removing trash bins from City subway stations. The first phase of the plan began two weeks ago when bins were removed from two subway stations.

Although I understand that it is logistically difficult to remove 40 tons of waste each day from City Subway stations, I believe this initiative is misguided and will only lead to more litter and vector in an already dirty transit system. Managing this increased litter on subway platforms will go against the stated goal of this plan to reduce the burden on the MTA’s trash removal efforts. 

It is not clear to me how removing bins will lead to less trash because riders will continue to eat, read newspapers and otherwise go about their normal routines, only now they would have nowhere to properly deposit the material. I for one, am doubtful that riders will consistently carry their trash out with them.

I commend the MTA for adding additional trains to remove waste from subway platforms in a more timely fashion, and believe that is an appropriate way to address the "unsightliness and malodor" in the subway system. I believe we can build on this positive step and urge the MTA to work with the City to make the subway system a cleaner, healthier environment for everyone.

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Parksloper November 08, 2011 at 04:18 PM
I said this on the article about the breast cancer walk. I was amazed at the ADULTS who left their trash all around. If you can't find a trash can take it with you till you find one, duh. We could do away with alternate street parking if everyone threw their trash in the garbage and swept up around their homes. We don't need re-education. Kids won't learn when they see their parents dropping trash on the ground. Some people don't care, especially when it's not their neighborhood. No amount of education can teach some people manners and class.
Mrs. Davis November 09, 2011 at 03:20 PM
The cities where this has been effective are cities where the system is shut for a few hours (including Tokyo). This closure allows employees to catch up on maintenance and clean-up. NY will not do this. The cleanup crews can not keep with the trash. I have seen a seemingly uneaten open container of Chinese food placed on the steps in the Nostrand Avenue station. It was like some kind of rat feeder. Education/campaigns will not help the individual that left it there. Until we become a more cooperative society, we'll need lots of cleanup crews. People simply can't be trusted to carry their trash out of the subway.
AnneMarie Lock November 09, 2011 at 07:38 PM
So true. I was amazed at the trash on the streets after the marathon this weekend. And there were trashcans nearby!
Canaryo November 14, 2011 at 08:27 PM
More tickets need to be given to people who litter, eat and drink in the subway, whether on the trains or in the stations. Not only would this cut down on the amount of trash in the subways, it would create a revenue stream that could be put into trash removal. No eating/drinking throughout the subway system needs to be much more strictly enforced. More effort needs to be made to separate recyclable from non-recyclable trash in the stations, as well as the city at large. Tickets could be given for not using proper receptacles. I agree, re-education is key, and as much as I hate to say it, most of the most effective ways to do so is through people's pockets.
John Ness November 14, 2011 at 09:47 PM
Give out tickets to litterbugs and to dangerous drivers. This city has a litter problem and bad driving problem, but it puts its finite resources into parking violations, which don't affect quality of life nearly as much, as far as I can see.

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