MTA's Brilliant Plan To Prevent Subway Trash: Fewer Trash Cans

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We'll just go ahead and call a spade a spade: the MTA's plan to prevent litter in the subways by removing trash cans from subway stations is the stupidest idea we've heard since Mayor Mike Bloomberg thought banning Big Gulps in restaurants would somehow solve the obesity epidemic -- which it won't.

The MTA plans to expand a pilot program designed to help cut down on the amount of trash bags that pile up in subway stations by removing trash cans from an additional eight stops.

If the plan seems to defy logic, that's because it does -- and the MTA provides us with precisely no insight as to how this plan makes even a lick of sense.

According to the MTA, "NYC Transit removes 14,000 tons of trash from the subway annually. However, the trash sometimes accumulates in storage rooms and on platforms while waiting to be removed. We have taken several steps to make the trash bags less accessible to rodents, including adding more frequent refuse train collections, reinforcing storage rooms and using new, tamper-proof receptacles, but the problem still persists."

So, to cut down on the amount of trash bags -- in an effort to prevent rodents from getting to the garbage -- the MTA is simply making it harder for people to properly dispose of refuse.

One minor (read: major) oversight: people fucking litter! Like, all the fucking time! That's why subway tracks often look like rat-infested landfills.

According to the MTA, the initial phase of the test program started at two stations, the 8th Street R station and the Flushing Main Street 7 stop. At those stations, the agency claims it's picked up 67 percent and 50 percent fewer trash, bags respectively.

"This means people are taking their trash out with them," MTA spokesman Kevin Ortiz tells the Voice.

Umm, no it doesn't -- all it means is people aren't throwing trash in garbage cans.

Ortiz says it's just a pilot program, and the MTA just wants to see if it will work in other stations the way the agency is pretending says it worked at the initial stops.

In other words, the MTA is banking on a carry in/carry out garbage system in the New York City subway.

Since the MTA is apparently banking on the honor system these days, maybe next week the agency can tackle subway violence by proposing we all just be nice to each other; seems like a pretty flawless plan (said nobody...ever).


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swirlyhands
swirlyhands

I am old enough to remember when Mayor Ed Koch closed all the bath houses, back in the mid-80s, because they found out that HIV was sexually transmitted, and gay men were a majority of cases at that time. The idea of pulling trash cans to avoid trash follows the same logic, so I'm not surprised--except by the absence of thought that also led to closing bath houses in the hope of stopping men from having sex with each other.

BigCofNYC
BigCofNYC

My comment sent to MTA about their trash plan... Are you out of your minds? For DECADES, the government has been trying to train the public to throw their trash in the trash cans, and NOW you are taking away the trash cans? Do you REALLY THINK that if there are no cans there, people are going to carry their trash until they see one? LOL... Good luck with that! You've done some stupid things in the past, but this idea is GARBAGE!

ReasonableEd
ReasonableEd

The MTA is like a right-wing fantasy version of a public agency. They have no competition, millions of paying customers and are perpetually broke and trying to cut costs. And service keeps getting worse by the day. Manhattanites with short commutes (the people who matter) think everything is a-ok, but working people with longer commutes get screwed constantly. I swear the percentage of my commutes that are delayed has almost reached the 50% milestone. It's a serious quality of life issue.

 

It's a shame that you MTA shmucks are such class traitors. It's the working people of NYC whose time for themselves or their families you're stealing with your laziness and incompetence.

 

I sincerely hope the mafia blows your pension plans on hookers and coke and you all end up penniless and incontinent in bedbug ridden highway exit flophouses flipping channels on wood-paneled tube TVs you twinkie-eating bastards. 

Afriyie DuBerry
Afriyie DuBerry

an even better idea: raise subways fares to pay for the removal of those trash cans... duh! god i love my city

MelissaMermaid
MelissaMermaid

This is the stupidest thing I've ever heard. As a native New Yorker who respects her city, I always seek to dispose of garbage in the proper receptacle. Like the rats need more fuel with which to continue their skeevy endeavors. MTA is the worst run business with the highest disregard for its patronage imaginable. How they could not care about the cleanliness of their stations and facilities is beyond me. This wreaks of laziness on their part: What did you do...cut back on those who empty the trash cans? YK what, MTA? "Hold THIS...!"

Dawn Penny Russell
Dawn Penny Russell

Well, I was a skeptic too, but I'm noticing a difference. Stations appear cleaner and there is no food for the rats. Still seeing some rats, but that will take time. I honestly expected it to be a disaster. People don't or didn't seem to understand about taking your trash with you when you leave until you find a garbage can. I guess I was wrong.

Chauntele Seventhirty Rice
Chauntele Seventhirty Rice

Idiots! Now watch people are going to throw trash all on the platforms and tracks! Keep on feeding the rats. Smdh

Jen Lav
Jen Lav

Japan has NO garbage cans in their subway stations and it is SUPER clean there. Finally the MTA has the right idea.

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