Letter writer Raymond Bahr ("City cleanup requires more than sweeping," April 14) correctly identifies trash in the yards of vacant houses as a major source of harbor pollution.
While cleaning these yards with bulldozers is helpful, this approach fails to address the issue as to why these locations are trash magnets. City residents who wish to dispose of an unwanted sofa or TV have limited options. Unless they own a car or truck, they cannot transport their unwanted items to a dump, and bulk trash pickup is infrequent and requires prior registration online or by phone.
Wouldn't it be cheaper and easier if the city simply placed large dumpsters in the rear yards of corner vacant houses where residents would have 24/7 access?
Bill Garrison, Baltimore
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