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Griper: Trashy mess in Langley Park

Who's responsible: Prince George's County
Number of votes to fix: 2.

Whether you are headed to Takoma Park, to pick up some rocket fuel for coffee at Dunkin' Donuts or to grab a few groceries at Shopper's, it isn't hard to find litter in all of its forms along University Boulevard in Langley Park. But there isn't a trash can in sight, complained griper, M. Ricks. The kicker is that while plastic water bottles and yesterday's newspapers collect at your feet, trash can placement, like everything else that happens in this area, must be studied. The cans cannot be placed willy-nilly on a sidewalk because it might obstruct a driver's view, for example. There also is maintenance to think about: How and when will someone be able to get to that can to empty it?

University Boulevard is a state highway, but state highway officials say they are not in the trash can business. This griper happens to be in luck because Prince George's County has been looking at adding trash cans to bus shelters within the county.

"We will do an assessment at the bus stops," said Susan Hubbard, a spokeswoman for the Prince George's County Department of Public Works and Transportation. "We have a bus stop enhancement program that we are currently implementing."

Hubbard said the county is trying to place as many trash cans as possible and will maintain them "as often as they can," she said.

Now if only we can get everyone to use those trash cans once they are there...

By Washington Post Editors  | September 20, 2010; 2:45 PM ET
Categories:  Maryland, Unfixed  
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