It is truly beautiful that members of the community were able to gather and clean up 50 locations across Brentwood, Central Islip and Bay Shore as part of the Clean Streets Project ["Kids clean up the trash," News, May 3]. However, it shouldn't take so many people, more than 500, to clean up the area.

New York's garbage problem can be attributed to one thing: governmental neglect. Months ago, I was in a Florida neighborhood, and every house had the same garbage cans: one green and one yellow. The green can was for non-recyclable trash, the yellow can was for recyclables, and there were separate trucks for each.

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It's very difficult for me to recycle because my household is not given the means to do so. Not even the schools in my area recycle, simply because there are too many obstacles. If New York adopted policies similar to those of Florida, however, there would be less of a need for community cleanups.

Michelle Hauser, Oceanside