Can You Answer This Riddle: How Does Getting Rid of Trash Cans Reduce Trash?

New York City’s MTA (Metropolitan Transportation Authority) has made nearly 40 subway stations trash can free in the past years, starting with a pilot program in 2011….

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What if people REALLY are SO lazy that they cannot be “inconvenienced” to do something to help THEIR environment? What if people think it’s truly THAT difficult to institute small changes in their daily behaviors in order to make a big difference? This is what inspired us to start writing “Tips for How To Create Less Trash Tuesday.”

Each Tuesday, someone from the World Is Your Dumpster movement will share a new, simple tip that they implement in their daily lives in order to create less waste.

This week we’re highlighting a group of people and how their actions are helping clean up the New York City subway system and our commutes: The MTA

New York City’s MTA (Metropolitan Transportation Authority) has made nearly 40 subway stations trash can free in the past years, starting with a pilot program in 2011.

“The pilot appears counterintuitive, but 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,” said Carmen Bianco, president of New York City Transit.

According to AM New York, the MTA removes 40 tons of garbage each day from stations throughout NYC, and only half of it is recycled.  The group wanted to figure out how to reduce trash, rat infestations and track fires, which lead to 1400 train delays annually.  This innovative and offbeat pilot program seemed to address all these problems.

A significant reduction in trash from can-free stations has been recorded by the MTA, thereby requiring less man-power and fuel to remove it, less tracks fires and less train delays.  Less trash for our planet and less wasted time for us, it’s a win-win for ALL!

Bravo, MTA, we tip our reclaimed, sustainably made, organic caps to you!

Remember, a small action can have a BIG impact.

Do you have a great idea of how to reduce, reuse, recycle and create less trash? Submit it to The World Is Your Dumpster and help us create a less wasteful world.

 

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