To the Editor,
What I have seen today does not really surprise me at all. I go to the recycling bins on Fourth Avenue to return all my newspapers, cardboard, glass and I put my metal lids into the metal cans container. I am amazed at the crap that people just throw around the containers and leave.
I saw a man throw out of his car a bag full of beer cans and drive away.
My answer to the problem is simple: put cameras in the area. Once you have loiterers on camera, deliver a nice $500 fine. No excuses.
It looks like a pigsty around those bins; so if you act like a pig, you pay.
Also, up the deposit to 50 cents a tin; most people will not be throwing their cans away. Or out of their cars into the lakes, oceans, etc.
There are coffee cups from Tim Hortons or A&W or Mcdonalds; they and many other stores should charge for the cups or pay a cleanup fee. Or people should use reusable mugs or recycle the cardboard ones instead of throwing them away.
Since we are counting on tourism, make sure visitors don’t see how much of pigs we really are. You can see evidence everywhere: people chuck garbage out the window, drop anything as they walk anywhere. There is garbage everywhere.