More garbage is clogging drainage ditches in the City of Pitt Meadows than ever before.
Litter, including berry crates, plastic bins, pop cans and bottles is increasingly finding its way into the channels that drain the flood plain, which makes up 80 per cent of the city.
The litter problems has become so bad in the past year, city superintendent of public works Randy Evans and his work crew are now making garbage removal part of their daily routines.
This winter, garbage plugged culverts, causing water to back up, and that’s what worries Evan the most.
“Our drainage system has to function. Once it gets choked up and plugged up with debris, it’s a real problem for us.”
Evans is going to start tracking the garbage his crews are removing to put a money figure on it.
“It affects budgets and everything we do when we have to spend time going out keeping this litter under control,” he added.