2011-11-25 / Letters

Reducing MTA Trash

Dear Editor,

There is still more to plans by the New York Metropolitan Transportation Authority concerning the removal of trash cans as a way to reduce garbage. Why not install separate cans for recycling newspapers, plastic and glass along with regular garbage. Selling advertising on side of cans could generate revenues to help cover the costs of more frequent off peak and late night collection and disposal. Ask the NYC Department of Sanitation to do the same on the street adjacent to subway entrances.

There are also solutions in dealing with waiting for or riding the subway and having the “urge to go.” The odds of finding a working bathroom for “relief” may be too late. Until the early 1960’s, most subway stations had clean safe working bathrooms with toilet paper. Revenues generated from a 10 cent fee helped cover the costs. Why not consider charging a fee between 25 cents and a dollar? That would generate revenues to assign a matron along with covering security and maintenance costs. This could help provide clean, safe, secure and fully equipped bathrooms at most of the 465 subway stations. Many riders would gladly pay this small price to insure working bathrooms rather than face the current unpleasant alternatives which contribute to dirty subways.

LARRY PENNER

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