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Letters: Surprise should think twice on returning curbside recycling

Posted 1/4/24

I am extremely uncomfortable with Surprise reinitiating the recycling program for yet another time.

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Letters: Surprise should think twice on returning curbside recycling


I am extremely uncomfortable with Surprise reinitiating the recycling program for yet another time. It has already failed miserably more than once, but that is old news.

Maybe this needs to be looked at in a more civil way. I don’t read plastic containers. I use so few of them.

I have a much greater use for using both trash containers for garbage and yard debris. It suits my needs as a single elderly person who lives on a fixed income of only about $36,000 a year.

Since the recycling program has failed over the past years, I have not been getting notifications from the HOA because I have been able to use both containers for garbage and yard debris. No additional fees and fines and whatever else they have available to them to ruin your life.

With the city of Surprise allowing my address as an exception, it will not be over billing me for a program that simply doesn’t work for me.

This year, I have put pre-emergent product down to prevent most of the weeds and it has not yet had a chance to prove itself. I reuse a lot of plastic products for watering outdoor plants and getting rid of wet garbage before the flies and insects get at it.

I don’t have a lot of spending money to meet what the demand of the recycling program was intended for. I definitely do not feel that I am being treated fairly.

Oftentimes (and I mean months at a time) I don’t have enough garbage plus recycling products to fill even one garbage can. Why should I be requested to pay for two?

Certainly there must be someone who can make the necessary adjustments to meet the needs that I have as a single resident in the city of Surprise.

There’s always exceptions to every rule. I am one of your exceptions.

I am not making up any stories about this matter either.

If the city of Surprise or WM would just provide me with the two black garbage cans that I will have use for especially during the growing season and help me not be targeted for too many weeds in my yard by the HOA charging me even more money that I just don’t have on a senior fixed pre-emergent. Because I no longer have a needed black garbage can to dispose of them in and not make any decisions using greedy tactics by doubling the cost for solid waste when I am not always filling even one garbage can for months at a time, then you have been treating me fairly.

Provide the residents what they need without overcharging them.

What you are saying is that you want me to pay for another garbage can that will not be used for months at a time so I can have the required garbage can for the months that I need the second garbage can. It has been like that since the year 2002.

The Roseview HOA and I have been getting along a lot better without the recycling program.

Please reconsider your approach and get back with me as soon as possible. WM can certainly help me by making an exception.

You are not treating the needs of this address where I live fairly. No way, no how.

A retired senior who can no longer lift more than 10 to 15 pounds, nor stand for long periods of time making it practically impossible for me to get any employment. I feel very fortunate to be able to be a seasonal bell ringer for The Salvation Army. The years that they have a lot of volunteers I have no job to go to for 12 months.

This physical hardship is not something that is new to me.

Please help me by making this address one of your and WM exceptions to your overpriced rules.

I would be willing to wash out the blue recycling bin prior to an exchange for the black garbage can that would at least be used a lot more frequently than the blue recycling container that would practically never get used. Surprise nor WM would never benefit from my address with the recycling program because I don’t have enough money to buy things to make the difference.

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