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My daily walks to and from Allderdice from my residence in Squirrel Hill take me by the alleyway perpendicular to Murray and in between Forbes and Darlington. Currently, the Dumpsters in the alley are unloaded around 6 a.m. As a result, I spend every morning and many afternoons inhaling the odor of garbage left behind and trying to avoid the trail of "garbage juice" -- my term for the unappetizing liquid that seeps from the Dumpsters and creates a septic stream down the street.
I propose one of three solutions for addressing this unsanitary and distasteful situation: 1) businesses utilizing these Dumpsters should take more care in their disposal of refuse; 2) businesses utilizing these Dumpsters should combine their economic resources to purchase less rusty and damaged Dumpsters; or 3) the Dumpsters should be emptied before the city cleanup crew, which advertises that it sweeps Murray Avenue between 2 a.m. and 6 a.m., cleans the area.
Any one of these approaches will not only reduce the degree of pollution in the area but will also make the journeys to and from school more pleasant for my classmates and me.
First Published September 26, 2012 12:00 am