Re: Street is Not a Garbage Can (The Daily News, Feb. 2).
Thank you for bringing this issue up in your recent editorial. I, too, am sick of seeing trash littered on our streets. It baffles me that some people can be such lazy slobs and can’t hold on to a cup or bag until they find a garbage can (apparently childhood manners elude some as time goes on).
The ones wedged in the parking meters are the worst, especially when there is a garbage can literally five feet away. I myself make a point to pick up what I can when I am walking downtown and I have seen others do so as well.
Sadly, there is no simple solution. Well, actually, there is if people would have enough respect to put their garbage away. I personally believe that more garbage and recycling bins around the city would help in this problem.
While there are plenty of garbage cans down Victoria Street, the recycling leaves much to be desired.
Those tiny cages on the sides of the garbage cans barely hold five plastic bottles and half have already fallen off. Separate bins are badly needed.
Also, the garbage cans are mainly on Victoria Street and not along any other downtown streets.
I believe more bins would go a long way. Another solution may be to possibly have a bylaw in which merchants are required to sweep their storefront up to the curb every day.
While that does unfortunately put the onus of this problem on merchants, it may be something that needs to be looked into, especially if we want to present downtown to tourists.