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Litter is the bane of parks. It degrades the experience of visitors, creates a terrible impression and invites vandalism. Lions Park continues to suffer from neglect by Toronto Parks Forestry and Recreation when it comes to communications and an intelligent approach in keeping litter to a minimum. As mentioned last month, litter bins are being commandeered by soccer players and used as goalposts for smaller games both on and off the field. It was not possible to leave a message for Park Supervisor Diane Czapla as her phone mailbox was constantly full.
With Ms. Czapla unavailable, WestonWeb placed a call to 311 and action was promised. Stakes were hammered into the ground and bins wired to them. Unfortunately, there is nothing to stop anyone disconnecting the wires and removing the bins. If anything, since WestonWeb last reported on this problem the situation has become worse thanks to continued bin removals by soccer players and the not so strategic locations chosen for the bins.
Here’s an obvious example.
Bleachers generate large amounts of garbage. These back onto the delicate ecosystem of the Humber. Why not move the bins near the bleachers so that people will be more inclined to use them?
Another example of poor bin placement is by the stairs to Hickory Tree Road.
Where are the bins?
Why not place bins so that they are visible to people descending the stairs. Especially in a high traffic and notoriously littered spot such as this one. Some people of course will toss litter regardless of bin placement. Most will make the effort if bins are intelligently located. The placement of these bins seems designed to maximize litter.
As for the other bins in Lions Park, many are out of reach and behind the fence in the soccer field. An unsatisfactory situation especially when it has been ongoing for months. You can bet it wouldn’t be tolerated in Lambton Woods but somehow it’s ok in Weston.
Ms. Czapla responded to WestonWeb’s concerns today (10th September) to say that Toronto’s Solid Waste Management Department was given the job of deciding bin placement a couple of years ago. In the meantime, Ms. Czapla will send a crew to remove the build-up of litter in the previously mentioned spots. She also mentioned that it’s up to citizens to help out by placing litter in the proper place. In fact soccer players seem particularly incapable of walking a few steps to a bin – in spite of the increased number of bins on the field.
Carson Wiseman of Solid Waste will meet with WestonWeb on Thursday September 12th to help resolve the situation. We’ll meet by the tennis courts at 12:30 if other readers would like to tag along and offer their suggestions.