The Metropolitan Transportation Authority says it has bagged its experimental idea to remove trash cans from subway platforms around the city.

Back in 2011, the MTA launched a pilot program to remove trash cans from dozens of subway stations.

The idea was to encourage riders to take their trash with them, and reduce the number of rats that are attracted to trash bags on platforms and in trash rooms.

The State Comptroller's office conducted multiple audits finding no benefit to the program, and said that litter and track fires increased.

The MTA has returned all trash cans to affected stations.