Recommended Practice

Trash/Recycling Container Placement at Public Transportation Passenger Facilities


This Recommended Practice provides procedures for the placement of trash and recycling containers at public transportation passenger facilities.

Document History
Document Number Version Publication Date Publication Related Information
APTA SS-SIS-WP-014-13 Rev. 1 05/28/2021 Published Current
APTA SS-SIS-WP-014-13 03/26/2013 Published Superseded


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Public transportation systems by nature are open and easily accessible by the public, moving large amounts of people often without the application of security screening practices employed in airports. As adversaries may use trash and recycling receptacles to emplace and conceal a CBRNE device, significant thought should be given to the types and locations of trash containers used in public transportation environments.

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