Letters to the Editor

Citizens responsible for cleaning up

Re: Trash not helping Surrey’s reputation.

Thank you Karen Berry and Mario Battista for your letters in Friday’s edition regarding the City of Trash. Please don’t think that you are the only ones that care about the garbage strewn about our city.

My husband and I both regularly clean up our street and contact the city about messes beyond our capacity to clean up.

However, it is of constant amazement to us that some people have such disregard for their homes and community. I believe that the city needs to be much, much tougher on citizens who allow garbage to accumulate in their yards or in front of their homes. It also annoys us greatly that abandoned homes and lots in the process of becoming developed are allowed to become “mini-dumps” in the interim.

Come on people, are you so cheap and so lazy that you can not properly dispose of your waste by taking it to a waste facility and paying a few bucks? If the citizens of Surrey cannot be responsible on their own, then the city needs to step in and ensure that it is done. Perhaps some stiff fines would make people wake up and wise up.

Louise Tait

Volunteer for pickup program

Re: “Surrey deserves trash talk,” April 25.

 Rather odd that six pictures were taken on April 22 of strewn garbage cans when, according to our computer, on that date there was a wind speed of four to 10 km/h, a maximum wind speed of 20 to 32 km/h and gusts up to 25 to 41 km/h.

We lived for 62 years in North Surrey and I understand the problem, but just bring the empty cans in or are we now expecting the sanitary engineers to bring them in for us? Wouldn’t the time spent taking the six pictures be better spent retrieving the empty garbage cans?

As for the letter headed “Please clean up Surrey,” there is a worthwhile program called “Adopt a Street” here in the city. Parks,  Recreation and Culture provide all the necessary equipment.

All we have to do is volunteer to do the worthwhile job. Get involved people. Volunteering, with pride, is good for the soul.

Al Cleaver

Doing a decent job

 Re: Mario Battista’s letter regarding garbage cans.

Mario, you must remember to look at the glass as half full and not half empty as you have indicated in your letter to the editor. 

Perhaps you haven’t live here long enough to realize that we live in a rain forest and tipping the can is done so that the empty can does not become full of water. And the fact that they do it all the time, I thought would have clued you in. 

Personally I believe these young men are doing a reasonably good job and considering the maggots and whatever that they have to deal with, I think they are doing a good job.

V. Wilson

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