I was running along Kits Beach on the weekend when I spotted a well built specimen in my pathway. No it’s not what you’re thinking, it was a new recycling bin. I saw the Encorp Pacific  logo and thought hmmm, the City must be partnering with the beverage recycling company. After a little investigating, I confirmed that the City and Park board have launched a pilot program and that it’s the first of its kind in BC. They also consulted with the local binning community and the neighbourhood business improvement associations – all are on board. Sixty of these new beverage container recycling bins will be placed at high traffic beaches, including, Kits, Sunset, English Bay and Second Beach in Stanley Park. Some will also be sited on Commercial Drive between Venables and 13th. The bins have good graphic representation of what can be recycled, so let’s hope the fireworks crowd takes note next summer. I don’t know what the partnership entails, but assume the City will benefit financially in some respect. Hopefully those gains can then be recycled back into education, and not just for the fireworks crowd. One look in the recycle bins at my apartment and you can see that there are many people who haven’t quite incorporated the “what’s in, what’s out” message into their daily lives.

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