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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