Soon, some New York City subway riders will have to start dealing with a new inconvenience. In some stations, you’ll have to hold on to your dirty tissues, already-read newspapers and magazines, take-out containers, and empty paper coffee cups a little longer. The MTA, which runs the subway system, will be taking the trash cans out of 29 stations on the J and M lines, according to a story in the Daily News.
The MTA wants to lighten its rubbish removal load. The way it is now, they have to remove 40 tons of trash every day from 3,500 trash cans in the subway system. Eleven garbage-collection trains have to travel around the system, getting in the way of regular trains and running into problems when tracks are closed for repairs at night.
The MTA has already run a pilot program where trash cans were removed from 10 stations along various subway lines. MTA reps say the program has been a success and will continue. The new trash-can removal program will start this spring along the J line stations from Broad Street in Manhattan to Jamaica Center-Parsons/Archer in Queens.
When you have waste that is too large to fit in a subway trash can, you have some options. Private waste removal companies, such as JunkInMyTrunk, will haul away large items at your convenience. Meanwhile, though, down in the subways, many riders will be hanging onto their trash with one hand while holding onto a subway pole with the other.