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Trash Can Removal Pilot to Expand

Results of the ongoing pilot removing trash cans from subway stations support the expansion of the program to another 29 stations, while maintaining the trial at the current ten stations.

The pilot began in two stations in October, 2011 and expanded to ten stations in September, 2012.  So far, the pilot stations have seen a reduction in trash volumes as well as several other benefits, including:

  • A 66% reduction in the number of bags collected
  • Reduction of bags frees cleaners to perform other duties
  • Rodent population either decreased or unchanged
  • Moderate-to-heavy litter levels decreased in pilot stations

The expansion calls for the removal of refuse cans at certain stations along the J Subway Line Icon M Subway Line Icon and Z Lines.   Baseline conditions will be established at each station, station cleanliness and trash collection will be monitored regularly, and track cleaning will be increased.

The expansion calls for the removal of refuse cans at certain stations along the J line icon M line icon and Z line icon Lines.   Baseline conditions will be established at each station, station cleanliness and trash collection will be monitored regularly, and track cleaning will be increased.

The decision to remove the trash cans was made in an effort to encourage customers to take with them any disposables that they carry into the system.  Currently, trash collection and removal is a tremendous undertaking.  Each day, about 40 tons of trash is removed from the system, collected from more than 3,500 trash receptacles, and approximately 50% gets recycled.

Eleven refuse collection trains cover 359 out of the system’s 468 stations with the remainder visited by refuse collection trucks.  The refuse collection trains compete with passenger trains for space along the tracks and their overnight movements can be hampered by system maintenance which may require the closing of line segments.

Before we remove any station trash cans, we will post notices in all affected stations. 

We're going to keep a close eye on these stations and report our findings to you once we've completed the pilot program and analyzed the results.

Of course, your opinion is very important to us. Please tell us what you think here.

 

Trash Can Free Station Pilot poster

The following lists the additional 29 stations along the J line icon M line icon Z line icon lines as well as the ten stations currently in the pilot program

Bronx

  • 238 Street Station – 1 line icon
  • E. 143 Street Station – 6 line icon

Manhattan

  • 57 Street Station – F line icon
  • Rector Street Station – 1 line icon

Brooklyn

  • 7 Avenue Station – F line icon G line icon
  • Brighton Beach Station – B line icon Q line icon
  • Cypress Hills – J line icon
  • Crescent Street – J line icon Z line icon
  • Norwood Avenue – J line icon Z line icon
  • Cleveland Street – J line icon
  • Van Siclen Avenue – J line icon Z line icon
  • Alabama Avenue – J line icon
  • Broadway Junction – J line icon Z line icon
  • Chauncey Street – J line icon Z line icon
  • Halsey Street – J line icon
  • Gates Avenue – J line icon Z line icon
  • Kosciuszko Street – J line icon
  • Flushing Avenue – J line icon M line icon
  • Lorimer Street – J line icon M line icon
  • Hewes Street – J line icon M line icon
  • Marcy Avenue – J line icon M line icon Z line icon
  • Myrtle-Wyckoff Avenues – M line icon
  • Knickerbocker Avenue – M line icon
  • Central Avenue – M line icon

Queens

  • 111 Street Station – A line icon
  • 65 Street Station –M line icon R line icon
  • 121 Street Station – J line icon Z line icon
  • 111 Street Station – J line icon
  • 104 Street Station – J line icon Z line icon
  • Woodhaven Blvd – J line icon Z line icon
  • 85 St-Forest Parkway – J line icon
  • 75 St-Elders Lane – J line icon
  • Myrtle Avenue – J line icon M line icon Z line icon
  • Metropolitan Avenue – M line icon
  • Fresh Pond Road – M line icon
  • Forest Avenue – M line icon
  • Seneca Avenue – M line icon
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