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Transit Boss: Riders Trash Subway Garbage Can Removal, But It Works

Thursday, March 01, 2012

Trash can at subway station. ((photo by Stephen Nessen/WNYC))

The president of New York City Transit said Thursday that removing trash cans at two subway stations to reduce the amount of garbage has been a success – but straphangers are trashing the idea.

Thomas Prendergast said removing receptacles at the Main Street/Flushing No. 7 station in Queens and the West 8th Street N/R in Greenwich Village five months ago has resulted in less litter.

"So we haven't been able to change their minds from a perceptional standpoint," he said, "but from a behavioral standpoint, we have."

He added, "The cleaners that work the stations like it, because they're carrying less trash out."

A spokesperson for the MTA said the city hasn't made any decisions about whether to end the program -- or expand it to other stations – but the experiment will continue for now.

Prendergast spoke at a transportation forum held on Thursday at the law firm of Stroock & Stroock & Lavan in Manhattan.

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