Surrey – The Editor, The amount of litter in the front yards, boulevards and on the streets in the East Clayton neighbourhood is becoming unbearable.
It’s time for people to be responsible and take individual action to clean up their space – and maybe even their neighbour’s space.
It’s in each owner’s best interest to protect their investment and to stop the downward
spiral of becoming a ghetto.
Littering is like a progressive disease in that it feeds on itself. If a neighbourhood looks clean, I think people are less likely to litter.
Parents need to have a talk with their children. People snacking and slurping in their cars need to take it with them and not throw it out the window or dump it on the curb. Dog walkers need to bag their dog’s waste and take it with them for disposal and not leave doggie bags behind or throw them in the trees.
Renters need to be as responsible as owners, as this is your home too.
We live in a townhouse complex and often make a point of picking up the litter on the perimeter around the complex when we walk our dog. We will fill a large plastic bag on most days – this need not be the case if people showed respect.
The City of Surrey could help by providing more garbage cans in high traffic areas and walking paths. TransLink should have garbage cans at all bus stops for snacking riders.
There has to be a sea change in public mentality to clean up this area and keep it clean ongoing. Collectively, the residents can make this happen by being responsible and taking individual action.