MTA May Want to Get Rid of Trash Cans; Has Complicated Relationship with Food

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10/25/2011 12:06 PM |


Both the Times and the Post report today on the MTA’s test program, at two NYC subway stations, to get rid of trash cans altogether in the hope that people will hold on to their waste, preventing overflow, etc.

Apparently this works pretty well for the PATH trains, and may work for the subway as well, except for the people who have to throw out their newspapers or Powerbar wrappers right now and just throw it onto the tracks.

Food waste, of course, is more uncomfortable to hold onto until you get aboveground, but one bold MTA governor had a plan for that, too, says the Times:

Charles Moerdler, an outspoken board member from the Bronx, called for a study to examine “the extent to which foodstuffs on trains or sold on the platforms is either deleterious to the system, or can in some way be curbed or eliminated, which I would favor.”

Yeah that’s a pretty unfiltered view into the ruling class mindset and it’s probably not a good idea to think too much about it. Especially when the Times also gives us this to ponder (emphasis mine):

According to a 2008 study, about half of the trash generated in the subway system is discarded newspapers — although print circulation has declined since then.

About a third of underground refuse is in a vague category, “other,” which consists of a potpourri of trash: juice boxes, shoes, rubber products, discarded lunch bags and banana peels. MetroCards and food waste, like half-eaten hamburgers and apple cores, each account for about 1 percent.

Christ on a crutch. How the hell is a banana peel not considered “food waste”?!? If an apple core is food waste, even though it’s just as inedible… It can’t be because the apple core is inside the fruit and the banana peel is outside the fruit, can it? A banana peel not a fucking Snickers bar wrapper—it’s made of organic matter.

In a really interesting Harper’s article on insanity from last year, Rachel Aviv described one of the tests that doctors use to diagnose the early stages of psychosis:

Another part of the exam assesses people’s capacity for abstract thought. They are asked to interpret proverbs, such as “Don’t count your chickens before they hatch,” and to describe the similarities between an apple and a banana. The correct response—“Both are fruit”—eludes some of the sicker patients, who instead home in on concrete characteristics. The psychologist who administers the exam told me that one of the most common wrong answers is “Both have skin.”

In conclusion, an inability to recognize that both apples and bananas are fruit signifies the early onset of psychosis.