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Trashy neighbors

Posted: October 1, 2009 4:35 p.m.
Updated: October 2, 2009 4:55 a.m.
 
I have lived in Newhall for nine years. I love the neighborhood, culture and location. However, I have become increasingly irritated with the lack of respect certain neighbors display for our community.

In some cultures, it may be appropriate (or expected) to leave trash on your front lawn. I understand some countries do not have a "bulky item" pick-up program. Therefore, leaving certain community members to assume the best place to leave unwanted mattresses, couches, desks, dressers and other assorted junk is ... the sidewalk.

It's rude. It's unnecessary and illegal. Parts of couches inevitably end up in the street. Old TV cabinets get smashed by kids walking to school, leaving debris and hazards everywhere.

Possibly my Newhall neighbors are unaware of the bulky item program offered by Waste Management?

Maybe some can feign ignorance but most are simply lazy. I've approached many offering phone numbers, pamphlets and information on alternatives. The response is consistent and irritating. "No, Thanks. This is easier."

When probed further, suddenly a language barrier conveniently gets in the way of further discussion. I implore my respectable neighbors to help stop this and report people who dump illegally.

Leaving large items on the sidewalk is not only a hazard, but also a waste of valuable resources.

The city of Santa Clarita has to eventually pick up remaining pieces to keep walkways and the right-of-way clear for traffic.

This takes away from cleaning streets, fixing potholes or ramping sidewalks. Picking up your hideous couch should not be on the schedule.

Please join me in encouraging neighbors to call Waste Management to schedule a free bulky item collection. City residents receive four free bulky item collections per year.

To my trashy Newhall neighbors: Simply stated, you and your garbage stink.

To the city of Santa Clarita: Thank you for stepping up to the plate.

To Waste Management: Can you please distribute flyers in Spanish about the program? We desperately need them!

I have created a YouTube channel dedicated to bringing this situation to light. And shame on you if you see your old couch.

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