Leave people with no place to throw their garbage, and they’ll take their garbage with them.
That was the novel hope of the MTA when the agency removed those clunky cylindrical bins from dozens of stations. Platforms without a place to stash trash were none the worse, a test program over the last four years found.
NYC Transit President Carmen Bianco called the results “counterintuitive.” He said that the agency “asked the customers for their cooperation, it looks like they listened.”
Trash cans were first removed from 10 stations around the city, including the bustling Flushing-Main St. stop on the 7 line and 57th Street F train stop in Manhattan. Those stations saw 66% fewer trash bags hauled out.
Then the MTA yanked cans out of 29 stations on the J, M, Z lines in July 2014. That produced more than a third fewer garbage bags, according to the MTA.