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(The New York Times)   Having never visited New York City, MTA officials decide to banish garbage cans from subway stations to help keep them cleaner   (nytimes.com) divider line 39
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2012-09-03 01:22:53 AM
4 votes:

jshine: Neondistraction: That makes a hell of a lot more sense than getting rid of garbage cans to make the stations cleaner. That's like making a public restroom cleaner by removing the toilets.

Here in San Francisco, Bart stations basically are restrooms without toilets.


FTFY.

Also, if I'm not supposed to poop on an escalator, where am I supposed to poop?
2012-09-03 02:42:44 AM
3 votes:

HempHead: London has banned trash cans for many years due to the threat of bombs.


And I want to bomb London flat because of it. Was the most annoying thing ever. If I stopped in to buy a water in a shop, I was wedded to that damn bottle for the rest of the day. I brought along a messenger bag to carry books and stuff in - and it spent most of its time as my personal trashcan. It was the farking IRA; the most piss-poor piss-ant excuse for a terrorist organization ever. Considering the Mayor of London thought the 1666 fire was perfectly okay, and Churchill let the Germans bomb Coventry for shiats and giggles, why, o why couldn't they let some retarded Irishmen (sorry: more retarded than usual Irishmen) play improvisational civic planners, and let me throw my trash away in a perfectly acceptable manner?
2012-09-03 01:30:30 AM
3 votes:
FTA: "I'm actually very intrigued by this," said Joseph J. Lhota, the transportation authority's chairman, before urging riders to treat the subway "as you would treat your home."

I put trash cans in my home.
2012-09-03 01:30:12 AM
3 votes:
getting rid of trashcans to stop trash is like getting rid of abortion to get rid of legitimate rape.
2012-09-03 01:26:05 AM
3 votes:
Getting rid of trashcans to stop trash is like getting rid of black people to stop racism.
2012-09-03 01:12:14 AM
2 votes:
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You're kidding... right?
2012-09-03 01:09:42 AM
2 votes:
At Eighth Street, a rider wrote, in blue ink, "stupidest idea ever," before apparently being bested by a traveler with black ink, who crossed out the first word.

"Idea ever"? Wat?
2012-09-03 01:06:55 AM
2 votes:

HempHead: London has banned trash cans for many years due to the threat of bombs.


Trash cans don't kill people . . . .
2012-09-02 11:54:27 PM
2 votes:
I'm totally sure that harried moms whose kid is done with his half-eaten ice cream cone will totally put it in her purse when they're getting onto the train.

Totally.
2012-09-03 08:35:08 AM
1 votes:
The new security cameras will identify people using face recognition software that litter and send them tickets in the mail. Profit.
2012-09-03 08:24:47 AM
1 votes:
Don't knock it prematurely, people. The MTA should be commended for thinking outside the bin. Counterintuitiveness sometimes has dividends.
2012-09-03 04:55:16 AM
1 votes:

fragMasterFlash: Slaxl: SuperDuperMatt: Getting rid of trashcans to stop trash is like getting rid of black people to stop racism.

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IT... COULD.... WORK!!!

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Nah, make more. Lots more. Pretty please?


she's on COCAINE. no WONDER she's so PRETTY
2012-09-03 04:45:24 AM
1 votes:

cptjeff: I've also seen people just pissing into the tracks on the end of the platform behind the elevators (where there aren't many people), it's not as great a system as metro seems to think. And as somebody who has needed to piss really badly while on the Metro (long metro rides after a few drinks, though I've managed to hold it), I don't blame them.


The one I never could figure out was why, during the summers, the platform at Dupont Circle reeked of the stink of death coming out the wall vents. Seriously, I couldn't stand to be anywhere in front of them -- the only respite was to stand between vents, near the wall. I kept wondering if somebody managed to get into the vent ducts and die, and why Metro wasn't doing anything about it, whatever "it" was.
2012-09-03 04:41:11 AM
1 votes:

Kelbel: I did what the cops did and flicked my butt to the street. I did not want to do that but there are no trash cans.


you throw lit cigarettes in the trash? no wonder there's so many explosions in NYC
2012-09-03 04:36:33 AM
1 votes:
I did what the cops did and flicked my butt to the street. I did not want to do that but there are no trash cans.
2012-09-03 04:24:49 AM
1 votes:

Kensey: DC did this in the aftermath of 9/11. Here's how it went (from the DC Metro's own website):

"Metro has installed explosive-containment trash cans in Metrorail stations. Trash cans were removed from station platforms as a security precaution following the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. In 2002, Metro began placing new explosive-containment trash cans in the free areas of stations and modified recycling bins with narrow slots for newspaper disposal only. In 2005, Metro purchased additional explosive-containment trash cans and began installing them on station platforms after Metro riders noted more trash on trains and in stations."

And that's on a system that did not (even before 9/11) allow eating or drinking in stations or on platforms or trains. (Officially you can carry it but not consume it.) Metro has not, in my memory, ever had restrooms in stations either -- homeless people seem to use the elevators occasionally, but they don't stink of piss nearly as much as you'd expect.


I've also seen people just pissing into the tracks on the end of the platform behind the elevators (where there aren't many people), it's not as great a system as metro seems to think. And as somebody who has needed to piss really badly while on the Metro (long metro rides after a few drinks, though I've managed to hold it), I don't blame them.

And if I had to guess, I'd guess that the only reason they don't use the elevators is because the elevators are always broken. Even when they're not, they're so shiatty that I'm not surprised that people refuse to even piss in them.
2012-09-03 03:58:05 AM
1 votes:
I was in Manhattan last week and it seems that trash cans are hard to find anywhere. Yet they put there trash out every week in bags to get picked up.
2012-09-03 03:57:59 AM
1 votes:
DC did this in the aftermath of 9/11. Here's how it went (from the DC Metro's own website):

"Metro has installed explosive-containment trash cans in Metrorail stations. Trash cans were removed from station platforms as a security precaution following the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. In 2002, Metro began placing new explosive-containment trash cans in the free areas of stations and modified recycling bins with narrow slots for newspaper disposal only. In 2005, Metro purchased additional explosive-containment trash cans and began installing them on station platforms after Metro riders noted more trash on trains and in stations."

And that's on a system that did not (even before 9/11) allow eating or drinking in stations or on platforms or trains. (Officially you can carry it but not consume it.) Metro has not, in my memory, ever had restrooms in stations either -- homeless people seem to use the elevators occasionally, but they don't stink of piss nearly as much as you'd expect.
2012-09-03 03:17:24 AM
1 votes:

SuperDuperMatt: Getting rid of trashcans to stop trash is like getting rid of black people to stop racism.


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IT... COULD.... WORK!!!
2012-09-03 03:09:02 AM
1 votes:

Neondistraction: HempHead: London has banned trash cans for many years due to the threat of bombs.

That makes a hell of a lot more sense than getting rid of garbage cans to make the stations cleaner. That's like making a public restroom cleaner by removing the toilets.


removing toilets sounds like a brilliant plan! you can't poop if there's no toilet!!

... ... ... ... ... ... right?
2012-09-03 02:48:57 AM
1 votes:

buzzcut73: This has got to be the most retarded idea I've heard of. It's right up there with "if we don't put ashtrays near the building, people won't smoke there", when what really happens is people who were smoking as they approach the building throw their butt on the ground, annoying themselves for having nowhere to put it, and the non-smokers for having butts all over the sidewalk.

/Non-smoker just for the record.


I never figured out why smokers are such pussies about the butts. You just had it in your mouth and were sucking on it. You already stink. Putting it out on the sole of your shoe and then pocketing it until you reach a trash bin is not a problem.

Or the people who smoke in their car but don't use the ashtray. Retards.

/ex smoker fwiw.
2012-09-03 02:10:26 AM
1 votes:
Always amazed at the brilliance of progressive leadership, not. But the creativity invoked to avoid doing their jobs is indeed awe inspiring.
2012-09-03 02:06:28 AM
1 votes:
Well, the floors have to be mopped and swept anyways, might as well take out the trashcans and have the brooms sweep up the trash instead of having the janitors empty trashcans AND clean the floors.
2012-09-03 02:00:45 AM
1 votes:
Well, to be fair, the station garbage cans just provide food for rats.
2012-09-03 01:56:33 AM
1 votes:
I heard there is this one province with a whole lot of sick people. Oddly enough, it has the largest number of doctors out of all the provinces.

Clearly, we should kill all of those doctors.
2012-09-03 01:52:03 AM
1 votes:
If we outlaw garbage cans only outlaws will have cans of garbage.
2012-09-03 01:42:59 AM
1 votes:

ThatDarkFellow: SuperDuperMatt: Getting rid of trashcans to stop trash is like getting rid of black people to stop racism.

Well if we're going to try one we may as well try that other one

/what?


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2012-09-03 01:40:45 AM
1 votes:

SuperDuperMatt: Getting rid of trashcans to stop trash is like getting rid of black people to stop racism.


Well if we're going to try one we may as well try that other one

/what?
2012-09-03 01:34:07 AM
1 votes:

Arthur Jumbles: FTFA: The transportation authority removes 14,000 tons of trash from the subway annually, it said. A spokeswoman for the city's Sanitation Department said the reduction in trash at the two pilot locations had not burdened its collection operations at street level. "Sanitation has monitored these two locations and there has been no negative impact," the spokeswoman said.

The riders are not taking it home, they are just distributing it in a way that is not negatively affect the city's sanitation department..... yet. If the transportation authority promotes this program for all it's stations it will be noticed...... no money saved.... the problem was just moved around into someone else's department.


I think this is probably true, but I actually salute the MTA for experimenting with the idea. It could be that over time if prople think they won't have a place to throw away their junk they won't bring it down the steps in the first place. Again, I think probably not but it's pretty easy to reverse the decision here if it turns out wrong. Yay for trying new things, I say.
2012-09-03 01:32:53 AM
1 votes:

Kenny B: Now where are the winos going to wiz?


same place they do now -- anywhere
2012-09-03 01:32:18 AM
1 votes:
wonder if cleaners are part of the mta union or are a separate entity
2012-09-03 01:30:12 AM
1 votes:
Now where are the winos going to wiz?
2012-09-03 01:26:06 AM
1 votes:
Nearby, in a narrow alcove between a pay phone kiosk and a vertical beam, riders appeared to have fashioned a rogue receptacle. Detritus piled about three feet high - a mélange of crushed energy drink cans; bottles of water and, in at least one case, vodka; mounds of wrappers and paper cups; and what appeared to have once been a white T-shirt.

I'm simply saying that life, uh... finds a way.

/s
2012-09-03 01:25:52 AM
1 votes:

Podna: jshine: Neondistraction: That makes a hell of a lot more sense than getting rid of garbage cans to make the stations cleaner. That's like making a public restroom cleaner by removing the toilets.

Here in San Francisco, Bart stations basically are restrooms without toilets.

So where do republicans with a wide stance get serviced at?


In SF? There are too many options to list...
2012-09-03 01:16:38 AM
1 votes:

Neondistraction: That makes a hell of a lot more sense than getting rid of garbage cans to make the stations cleaner. That's like making a public restroom cleaner by removing the toilets.


Here in San Francisco, Bart stations basically are restrooms without toilets.
2012-09-03 01:08:37 AM
1 votes:
HempHead: London has banned trash cans for many years due to the threat of bombs.

Solution: bomb proof trash cans

// would be a nice government trash can, I think 500,000 each sounds about right.
2012-09-03 01:04:12 AM
1 votes:
Yeah but at the same time they're raising toll by $.25 per ride and giving you a 9.π% return every time your card has between $1.27 and $2.14 left on it.

So it's win-win
2012-09-03 01:02:17 AM
1 votes:
London has banned trash cans for many years due to the threat of bombs.
2012-09-03 12:31:51 AM
1 votes:
This operation can in no way have less than stellar results. Surely the organization whose crown jewel is only eighty years behind schedule will produce results which will not be facepalm-inducing.
 
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