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An open letter to the Redding’s Solid Waste Utility Department:
Thank you for the constant and continual notifications on our retail properties. Without these incessant announcements of contamination and lids that were left open to the elements, we would have no proof of how bad the City of Redding has allowed the transient problems to rage out of control.
Just the fact that you would think a retail establishment that pays upwards of $7,000 a month for your services would intentionally pollute their own containers after your repeated threats to punish them by removal of their container for up to 90 days, is appalling.
Our tenants are all very well versed in your “refuse rules” and follow them precisely. We are ever so strict about adhering to your guidelines, making certain that all our tenants in each of our locations are aware of how serious we are about this. So as you can see, receiving these notifications of yours threatening us with a 90-day container removal is exasperating.
Our tenants do not place trash in the recycling bins. They do not leave the lids open. They do not place Styrofoam and plastic wrappings into their own cardboard bins. They do not bag their trash, then take it out to the containers, open them up, and throw the trash around the ground instead of inside the bins.
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We do, however, know the culprits that come and ravage our Dumpster areas in the middle of the night and early hours of the morning. They would be the homeless of Redding who are becoming increasingly more violent and hard to handle for our tenants.
Retail establishments are left to their own minimal resources to fight over a simple thing such as trash. Thanks to our elected officials, we have one outreach officer who cannot possibly cover the entirety of Redding.
Now, on top of outrageous recycle and refuse fees, we must hire and pay security guards that have to make sure our dumpster areas stay clear of transients that the City of Redding has no control over.
This alone should cause the City distress since their revenue comes from the taxes we pay on our retail space and the taxes our tenants pay for their business.
To this end, we would like the letters of non-compliance to cease. Finally, we demand that all recycle dumpsters that were removed due to your homeless population to be returned.
It is our desire that you see the issues for what they are, the City of Redding’s homeless problems, not our tenant’s inability to follow your rules.
Karin Knorr runs Knorr Management. She is from Corning.
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