In response to recent letters to the editor discussing the issue of roadside litter across the city, a few Ocala residents wrote and shared their thoughts and concerns on the matter:
“I have discussed this issue in a previous post but feel it needs to be brought up again. Roadside litter especially SW 60th is increasing day by day. I agree with everyone who posted about it. These are the people who don’t care. That said, where are the garbage collectors? Some of the trash, like an old broken white plastic chair, has been there for at least nine months. This shows that not a single piece of trash has been cleaned up since then. There are bits of plastic from cars involved in previous crashes, among a whole host of other trash. Why are we paying taxes? The county needs to get away with it. occupy and send crews to clean it up. People, we need to call the county to complain. Please call Marion County Code Enforcement (352-671-8900) and the Marion County Office of the County Engineer (352- 671-8686),” says Ocala resident Joseph Alberti.
“I think the reason Ocala has such a trash problem is the way trash pickup is handled. Ocala doesn’t include it in our taxes like some areas do. Right now people have to pay for garbage collection or take it to the landfill (which we do) The dump is great for those who use it, but people don’t want to do it If people had no choice and all homes had to pay for it, we might see more waste in the bins picked up each week,” says Ocala resident Kelly Dower.
“First of all, people who throw trash out their windows are pigs. They know better. Why can’t they carry a garbage bag in their vehicle like most normal people do? Wasting money on trash cans and what? Oh good? I do not think so. What is needed are more fines for these inconsiderate people. They laugh about it (I saw that), they do it on purpose, and the only accommodation they should get is to pay a large amount of money for their filth. I don’t even want to imagine how they guard their properties and houses. Total pigs,” says Ocala resident Marta Varnell.
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