Innovative Waste Collection Strategy Proposed for Blood Alley


The City of Vancouver is currently weighing two waste collection strategies for the redesign of Blood and Trounce Alley. The City describes the options below:

  1. Flexible Just In Time: Users sort waste and place them into pre-purchased coloured bags, which are then stored in carts. A small vehicle or bike picks up the totes on a regular basis, several times per day.
  2. On-site Facility: Users place sorted waste into large storage containers at a centralized location in Blood Alley Square where it is removed by specialized garbage trucks.

Option 1 carries positive social implications for the Downtown Eastside, as the neighbourhood has been experiencing rapid gentrification, pricing many people out of the area. The frequent collection of waste by bicycle provides low-barrier opportunities for partnership with social enterprises that could provide the collection, oversight and management of waste locally. Further, the initiative will hopefully spur a positive shift in attitudes towards the binning community and will set a good example for other areas of the city.

There is a very short questionnaire which tallies public opinion on the options, closing on September 14, 2016 (tomorrow!). The City encourages everyone to fill out the form and let your voice be heard!

The form can be found here.

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James is an architect and writer from Vancouver, British Columbia with a passion for affordable housing, public space, design, and the Pacific Northwest. James has worked on architecture projects across the lower mainland and has written for Canadian Architect, Objekt International, and Price Tags. He holds a Masters in Architecture from the John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, and Design and a Bachelors of Applied Science in Civil-Structural Engineering from the University of Waterloo. James has been an AIBC architectural awards jury member, has served on UBC SALA Thesis Committee, and was awarded a special mention in the Urbanarium's Missing Middle competition. He lives in Gastown with his wife Errin, a cool optometrist responsible for his maple glasses.