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:
The expansion calls for the removal of refuse cans at certain stations along the and 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.
The following lists the additional 29 stations along the lines as well as the ten stations currently in the pilot program
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