Vision Vancouver is diving into the basics of municipal trash collection with a new platform’s promise to remove large items citywide.
This will be a free pick-up day, publicly funded by the city, introduced by spring 2023.
The rationale for this expanded garbage collection service is to reduce the city government’s existing costs of staffing city officials to deal with large items discarded in alleys, sidewalks, and other public spaces. to reduce.
Illegal dumping is on the rise in Vancouver, according to a 2019 Vancity report, with the amount of abandoned trash that city officials were forced to collect from streets, alleys and parks dropping between 2009 and 2016. increased by 40% to 2,465 tons. A makeshift measure to collect illegal dumping consumed him 13% of the city’s annual street cleaning budget. Commonly dumped large items include mattresses, furniture, large kitchen appliances, and appliances.
In the last few years of the pandemic, garbage has increased significantly and large objects are scattered all over the city.
Moreover, other municipalities such as Delta already have such annual large item services.
“Removing large items is a logistical nightmare for most people. Vancouver Residents – especially for those of us who live in apartments and seniors with multiple steps that are even more difficult without owning a car. Removing junk and furniture costs residents money and time.” Read the release.
“As a result, Vancouverites often end up with large items they want to recycle, and alleyways filled with old mattresses, furniture and other discarded household items.”
Vision Vancouver has three candidates for City Council, including current Parks Commissioner Stuart McKinnon (formerly of the Green Party). Two Vancouver Parks Commission candidates and her five Vancouver School Board candidates. The party has no candidate for mayor.
City council elections are scheduled for Saturday, October 15, 2022.