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Litterbug frustrations spill over

Lynette Walker is frustrated with the amount of trash dumped in ditches in South Langley. - Dan Ferguson/Langley Times
Lynette Walker is frustrated with the amount of trash dumped in ditches in South Langley.
— image credit: Dan Ferguson/Langley Times

A Langley woman’s frustration with litterbugs got some action from Township council.

Lynette Walker appeared before council on Monday (Feb. 4) to say the southeast section of the Township, where she lives, has become a dumping ground for people who drop their trash in ditches.

“It is anything but beautiful,” Walker said.

“This is a health issue. Am I living in a Third World country?”

Walker said she thought about pulling the trash bags out of the ditches but she isn’t physically up to the task.

She asked council to create a consistent strategy for removing garbage from Township roadsides and ditches.

Councillor Kim Richter agreed there is a problem, saying she personally counted five bags of trash dumped on the side of the road during a morning run that day.

“There are repeat offenders and we need to hit them with heavy fines,” Richter said.

Later in the same council meeting, Richter won support from a majority of council to have the matter referred to Township staff for a report on a litter control strategy.

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