Bobby Sidhu looks over an information brochure that was delivered with his new Rethink Waste Collection Program garbage and recycling bins last week. Some letter writers are struggling to cope with the size of the new bins.

‘Monster’ cans too big to deal with

The city should rethink the high cost of the service fees to exchange the carts.

I know it is with all good intentions to curb waste in the landfills, but now Surrey is ugly.

We just do not have a good place at most households to hide these huge monster garbage cans. Most I see are stored near the streets so “Welcome to Surrey, City of Garbage.”

This is an ill-conceived plan. I just received my three new cans today. They block the driveway. I cannot put them near my house. They will remain near or on the road. I have no choice.

Thank you Surrey for probably lowering the whole city’s property values if people say there is no place to store these gaudy cans except in front of the house. I am just waiting for next spring and summer when the smell will be overwhelming from the  “organics” heating up. Really? Raw meat and cooked meat and waste from cooking in the can?


Paul Fitzgerald, Surrey


Cart change is costly


The new garbage carts were delivered a few weeks ago and we received the largest cart size – 360 litres. In my household there is just my husband and I.

I reviewed the brochure that accompanied the carts and it stated that “if the cart size you receive is not to your satisfaction, you will be able to exchange them after January 1, 2013.”

I called the Rethink Waste Collection Program to find out how and I was advised that I could indeed exchange them – at a cost of $25 per cart. A whopping $75 for the three.

I think the city should rethink the high cost of the service fees to exchange the carts. Does anyone else agree?


Joyce Stewart, Surrey


Program of exclusion


The new Surrey waste management system has now come to my address, and come October my garbage pick-up service has been moved from my paved lane access to the front of my house. The reason given are listed as problems with the new trucks having difficulties and unspecified safety concerns.

For the 22 years that I have lived at this address trucks of all sizes, including large waste disposal trucks, have successfully utilized this laneway. No safety concerns were ever encountered.

I am disabled on permanent disability benefits and have been for six years. The trip to my laneway is level and concrete or paved, including the laneway proper, but the delivery to the front will require that I traverse the depth of my yard though two fences and lift the bins some three feet to the sidewalk. I am not capable of this, so effectively on Oct. 1,  I will lose my garbage pick-up service. Further, the on-street parking utilized by the illegal fourplex next to me will prevent access to the bins, even if the lot was level, and the bins will effectively block the sidewalk.

I believe that the change was initiated to make it expedient for the truck driver and the safety and manoeuverability problems are manufactured to justify it.

For whatever reason, it will exclude me from access to the services that I pay for.


Al Race

Surrey North Delta Leader

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