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The MTA Is Removing Trash Cans To Reduce Littering

Fernando Fernando

The MTA Is Removing Trash Cans To Reduce Littering

Seems like an idea that belongs in the garbage right? Well, this new pilot program by the MTA is working wonders to reduce littering, trash, rodent infestations, and track fires! The program started in 2011 when the MTA removed cans from 2 stations. Due to the success in those two stations, 39 stations are now can-less. According to the MTA: ” the results show a 66% reduction in the number of bags collected at Phase 1 and Phase 2 stations, and a 36% reduction in the number of bags collected at Phase 3 stations.” The best part of this program is that it reveals that New Yorkers have a golden heart, at least when it comes to MTA requests. “When we placed notices at the pilot stations indicating that the cans had been removed and asked the customers for their cooperation, it looks like they listened.” These notices have replaced trash cans:

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The rate of track fires at the pilot stations is lower than the rate at stations with trash cans, and stations with no cans have seen a 5% reduction in littering. Plus, stations just look prettier without trash cans and bags. This is good news for everyone, unless you are rodent. For all the NYC rats reading this, there are still plenty of stations with cans. But be quick, because if the program keeps going the way it’s going, trash cans are getting the can soon!

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[Daily Mail]

 featured image source [Newsday]

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