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‘Clean up your sh*t’: Vancouverites share snaps of piles of trash from Halloween weekend (PHOTOS)

"Because you know putting spent fireworks IN the garbage bin would be just too much to ask."
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Over the past few days, several locals took to Twitter to share images of garbage strewn across parks, sidewalks, and even right beside trash cans. Photo: @ILiveinEastVan & @macdaley360 / Twitter

While the City of Vancouver has directed locals to properly dispose of waste materials, a collection of recent photographs shows that not everyone followed the rule over Halloween weekend. 

Over the past few days, several locals took to Twitter to share images of garbage strewn across parks, sidewalks, and even right beside trash cans. A couple of people and groups went out to clean up the debris, but lament that there is a great deal of it to contend with this year. 

For example, Kevin Regamey says he decided to head to Trout Lake to pick up litter from the fireworks, and "picked up some 40lbs of trash--mostly fireworks remanents."

Twitter account @ILiveinEastVan also shared some images of fireworks debris, noting that the person who left it there "Let birds, wildlife [and] pets near toxic chemicals." 

They quip, "Because you know putting spent fireworks IN the garbage bin would be just too much to ask."

Vancouver Fire and Rescue Services are also reporting a staggering $450,000 in damage from Halloween.

Have a look at some of the videos and photos from around Metro Vancouver over the past few days. 

Littering during the COVID-19 Pandemic 

Locals have also been sharing multiple images of discarded personal protective equipment on social media and expressing their frustration with the PPE litterbugs. 

In April, Coquitlam Mayor Richard Stewart called out the new kind of litterbug after posting photographs on Facebook of surgical gloves randomly strewn on a road and at an underground parking lot. He even asked, “Perhaps a $10,000 fine would be in order for discarding used masks/gloves?”

At the beginning of May, Vancouver City Councillor and UBCM Director Pete Fry shared a couple of images to his Twitter account that show garbage strewn across Strathcona Park. He wrote that it is the second time he's seen garbage dumped in the park and notes that it is a "full truck worth of domestic loose garbage."

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