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Litter Prevention

Litter

Litter prevention and cleanup is everyone's responsibility.

Like many large cities, Surrey is faced with litter problems. City staff work hard to keep the roads clean, but remember: Surrey has a total land area of 317 square kilometres and a transportation network made up of over 2000 kilometres of roads. The wind spreads litter to neighbouring areas if the garbage is not disposed properly.

Litter costs everyone in the community - and it's not just the cost of cleanup. It also sends a negative message: a litter-covered community looks unsanitary and uncared for. This is why we have our Unsightly Properties By-law, which states: "an owner or occupier of any parcel of property is required to maintain their frontage for a distance that coincides with their property including removal of accumulations of filth, rubbish or discarded materials. This includes both households and businesses."

Motorists and pedestrians create between 30% and 55% of all litter. Households, businesses and construction sites are responsible for approximately 50% of all litter.

Litter prevention tips

Follow these litter prevention tips to make a huge difference in your community:

Motorists

  • Keep a litter bag in your vehicle and empty it when you reach your destination.
  • Always secure your load if you carry trash or loose materials in a truck.

Residents

  • Tidy stray materials at the curb and boulevard after your collection day.
  • Make sure your waste cart lids are securely closed.
  • Hold onto your trash until you find a garbage can or recycling bin.
  • Keep cigarette butts in ashtrays and throw them out properly.
  • Report areas of concern to the City.

Businesses

  • Frequently check your dumpsters and make sure the lids are closed and locked.
  • Have staff regularly tidy the area around your store. Keep a litter pick up schedule.
  • Work together with neighbouring businesses to keep the area clean for customers.
  • Install private litter receptacles on your proeprty for customer use.

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