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Trash Cans Will Return to Subway Stations After Failed Bid To Stop Litter

(DNAINFO)  Nicholas Rizzi | March 30, 2017 — The MTA will end its counter-intuitive program in which it removed garbage bins from subway stations in a bid to reduce trash — after the experiment only resulted in more litter, officials said.

The agency ended the program, which they launched in 2011, after two audits found it only increased the amount of garbage and caused more track fires at some stations.

“It took the MTA five years, but we are gratified that it recognized the need to end this controversial experiment that showed little to no improvements in riders’ experience. We’re encouraged the agency continues to address cleanliness in other ways,” said State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli, who announced the restoration of trash cans in a statement Tuesday.

“Straphangers, who have just been burdened with another fare increase, deserve cleaner stations that are free of rats,” he added.

The program removed trash cans at 39 stations across the city to reduce the amount of garbage bags and overflowing trash at bins, which can fall on tracks and cause fires, and cut down on the rat populations, the MTA said.

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