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Our Opinion: Move your cans

February 11, 2002

Most of the cities in the Imperial Valley have been participating in the recycling programs for some time now, and things seem to be going well after a bit of a rough kickoff period.

The green cans for yard waste and brown cans for recyclables often are brimming, which means less is going into the black trash cans. All of that is good for the Valley and good for our world.

We should be proud of ourselves.

Except …

We as good residents and good neighbors really need to put away the cans after the trucks come around and collect the materials. We often talk about how we need to beautify our Imperial Valley. This would be one fine place to start. Our neighborhoods should be as nice as possible, but in recent months we have seen some lovely areas marred by trash cans out for longer than they should be.

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Yes, the cans are fairly new and most are in good shape. But neighborhoods filled with trash cans that never are put into the back yard, side yard, carport or somewhere else out of sight are less pretty neighborhoods than they could be. The brown and green cans seem to be the ones that most often just stay out toward the curb on a semi-permanent basis. Just because they are not regular trash cans doesn't mean they should be allowed to take up permanent residence on the curb.

We realize that not everyone has a really good place to put away the cans. And we realize some people might have reasons to not want to put the cans into the back yard (although we have found the cans fairly impenetrable to dogs and cats, unless terribly overstuffed.) But for the good of your neighborhood and town, it is your duty to put away the cans as soon as possible after the pickup times. Even the next morning wouldn't be terrible. But trash cans permanently placed on corners are a sad and sorry sight.

Maybe we are overstepping our bounds here, but we want what is best for the Valley, and trash can-filled neighborhoods simply are not good for anyone.

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