Trash Can Free Stations Pilot Yields Positive ResultsPilot to Continue for 6-12 Months to Conduct Further Analysis
Results of the ongoing MTA New York City Transit pilot removing trash cans from a total of 39 subway stations show a significant decrease in the amount of trash bags collected from these stations.
The initial phase of the pilot began in two stations in October, 2011. Phase 2 added eight stations in September, 2012 and Phase 3 added 29 along the lines in July, 2014. The Pilot stations have seen a reduction in trash volumes, as well as several other benefits including:
Baseline conditions were established at each station, and station cleanliness and trash collection was monitored regularly. Litter, measured by the percentage of stations with no or light litter in the morning and daytime, increased initially, but rebounded and improved later during the pilot and is currently on par with stations that have trash cans. Stations with cans with no or light litter stand at 85% while stations in the pilot without cans are hovering above 80%.
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.
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The stations in the pilot are listed below:
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