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Letters: ‘Blaming it all on truckers is unfair’

Trash in the stream at the truck stop off Lougheed Highway by 240th Street in Maple Ridge. - Contributed
Trash in the stream at the truck stop off Lougheed Highway by 240th Street in Maple Ridge.
— image credit: Contributed

Editor, The News:

Re: Bad truckers give all a dirty reputation (Along the Fraser, April 25).

My husband parks at the pullout west of 240th Street and both of us are disgusted with the garbage in and around the area.

He has trucked for more than 30 years and has never peed into a bottle.

I have spent time picking up garbage around the area, while waiting for him and have even thought of chaining a garbage can to the sign. I know it would be full in no time from people too lazy or cheap to take their trash to the transfer station.

Truckers are not the only ones using the pull out. Travellers with motor homes, trailers and campers also stop there, as do people using it as a place to pull over for a rest and to have their lunch and dump their trash.

Blaming it all on truckers is unfair and closing it down would be a shame. It is space that is needed.

Fines are great, but that means more surveillance, and more garbage cans are needed for sure. Be prepared, if a TV or mattress can’t fit, it will end up in the ditch.

There seems to be a lack of pride for many in our lovely little district. Garbage is regularly dumped on River Road on the way to the transfer station, in ditches accessing the dikes, ravines and streets.

I’m always filling up garbage bags on my paper route.

I’ll keep doing my part.

Isabelle Wegener

Maple Ridge

 

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