Letters to the Editor

Garbage pickup is just a theory

Residents lament the lack of timely recycling and garbage pickup by the city. -
Residents lament the lack of timely recycling and garbage pickup by the city.
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The blue boxes are lined up along my street, all filled and waiting to be picked up. The collection date was yesterday but we have been skipped over although regular garbage was collected as usual.

Phone contact with the relevant numbers indicates all municipal employees are enjoying the day off. The website offers information and a “click here” for new collection routes and dates – but the site doesn’t work.

We may be trumpeting “reduce, re-use, recycle” from the rooftops and making all sorts of New Year’s resolutions to do a better and more efficient job, but it would be great if the City of Surrey would meet us halfway.

Do I leave my boxes at the curb for a week or will somebody come by tomorrow and collect? My decals for new garden trash bins were supposed to have been delivered in late December. Hello out there! I’m still waiting for mine.

Sheila Gair



The new garbage regulations are going to lead to problems.

While I think the principle of reducing the amount of plastic in our land fill is excellent, I think the way it has been introduced and what we as citizens will have to do was not given much thought.

My wife and I have adopted our street and pick up at least one bag of garbage a week, sometimes more.

We also look after our park as partners in parks and probably pick up about a bag a week from the park plus rotting bags of vegetables that people throw out.

Also as responsible pet owners, we pick up after our dogs (bags are biodegradable). What do the authorities expect us to do, take a roll of toilet paper with us on our walks?


Bruce M.D. Wyder,


Your article “‘Hiccup in holiday pickup’” in the Jan. 4 edition of The Leader minimizes and trivializes the impact of the poor garbage collection service we are experiencing in North Surrey.

As I write this e-mail, 9 p.m. Jan. 7, my neighborhood (St. Helen’s Park) is still waiting for its recyclables to be picked up. That service is now four days late.

Our solid waste garbage was finally picked up Jan. 6, the first service we have had since before Christmas. Some of my neighbours have had to buy extra garbage cans to accommodate the overflow.

In the ensuing time, rodents, crows and seagulls have made a mess of the garbage cans and streets, and many of the recyclables have been blown out of their blue boxes.

Not only has this been unsightly, it has also been unsanitary.

 I recall an article in The Leader a few weeks ago extolling the business acumen of Surrey’s manager of waste who negotiated a contract with our new garbage service unprovider that has apparently saved taxpayers a tremendous amount of money.

I am concerned that the poor service we are receiving is symptomatic of the lower price we’re paying.

A more appropriate headline for the current article would be “Dereliction of garbage collection.”

Mike Schoen


Deck the streets with piles of garbage – at least that’s the Christmas carol that comes to mind over the past few weeks.

Could the transition to the new waste contractor be handled any worse? On almost every street, garbage cans and torn bags of garbage sit for days because of the confusing way pickups were scheduled.

So now, it’s pickup day for us and please have the cans to the curb by 7:30 a.m. Well, its now 5:30 p.m. and no sign of garbage or recycling pickup. Nice move, Surrey. Take something that was working well and replace it with something that isn’t.

Ron Shaw

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