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Binners on the Job

UWC provides a customized recycling cart for collecting items Photo Courtesy of Seann J. Dory of UWC

When the Vancouver City Council approved a $50,000 grant to the community organization United We Can (UWC), it was a boost for an on-street recycling initiative that supports “self-sustaining enterprises that have a green focus while creating jobs for people who have barriers to entering the workforce.”

This opportunity will support 68 "binners," which are people who go around collecting...cans and other recyclables.  They will receive customized recycling carts to collect refundable beverage containers to redeem them for deposit values. They will concentrate in the Downtown Vancouver core where “about 200 of these receptacles will be located in public places. The carts will consist of metal frame plastic bag holders attached to street poles with signage. The remainder will be installed near Hillcrest Park and Pacific Coliseum,” says Chris Underwood, a representative with the City of Vancouver.

“The grant will primarily be used for providing an hourly wage for the workers involved in this initiative at UWC.” It was made available through the Olympic and Paralympic Legacy Reserve Fund. Details are provided here.

There are mobile units that will consist of 22 binners with Urban Binning Units.

With 3 shifts per day, their intention is to focus efforts in the downtown region since it will constitute a large portion of foot traffic during the Games. 

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