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MBTA kicks off subway recycling program


The Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) has begun a pilot program designed to increase recycling in its subway stations.

As part of the program, the MBTA added two recycling kiosks at the Alewife Station in Cambridge, Mass. The kiosks also offer information for riders looking to "recycle on the go," MBTA officials said in a  press release.

"We take pride in the MBTA's ability to foster more sustainable lifestyles and help commuters reduce their carbon footprint," said MBTA General Manager Frank DePaola.

The recycling receptacles have the potential to increase revenue for the MBTA if implemented on a larger scale, as they make space for more advertisements and add valuable materials to recycling tonnages, MBTA officials said.

The agency partnered with the Massachusetts Beverage Association, Casella Recycling and the non-profit MassRecycle to carry out the pilot.

The entities will evaluate the program as it progresses to determine if it can be replicated at other subway stations.

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