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Mar 30 2017

Public Spaces Waste Management Neighbourhood Pilot

Posted 85 days ago

With the launch of a new Public Spaces Waste Management Strategy, it’s time we took a look at how to better handle our waste and provide recycling opportunities to our public users in parks, trails, and on roadways.  

In 2015, Council approved a Litter and Illegal Waste Management Strategy, which features a three-pillar approach focused on Education, Enforcement, and Infrastructure. All three pillars are vital, with infrastructure being critical due to projected growth in the Township and the increased use of public spaces.    

Starting in April the Township will be testing new receptacles throughout the Walnut Grove Community. This neighbourhood pilot will run from April to September 2017.

Why is there a section for Dog Waste?

You may be wondering why dog waste is a collection stream. Pet waste is a prohibited material from the region’s landfills and Township garbage loads from public spaces (parks, trails, and roads) contain between 40-50% dog waste. Due to the large volumes of dog waste, the Township is testing this new program to see how to better handle this material.  

If you put dog waste in your garbage at home, don’t worry – although Metro Vancouver's official policy is that pet waste is prohibited, small amounts are accepted in household garbage, as long as it is double-bagged.  

Metro Vancouver says up to 15,000 tonnes of pet waste ends up at the landfill every year, generating methane gas — a major contributor to greenhouse gases, and is 21 times more potent than CO2. Dog waste collected from the new Township receptacles, will be processed at a wastewater treatment facility with other sewage rather than going to the landfill.      

Why did we choose this bin?

Staff conducted field tests and waste audits earlier in the strategy. Three different bin models were tested during this time. Through these efforts, it was determined that this bin model was the preferred option based on successful sorting by the public, ease of operations, aesthetics, and customization options.  

Where will the bins be located in Walnut Grove?

Receptacles will be located in the following areas:

Walnut Grove Park
McClughan Park
Dorothy Peacock Park
88th Avenue from 202B street – 216 Street
Walnut Grove Drive  

Will the public be consulted about the new receptacles?

Staff will discuss the new receptacles with local business associations and conduct on site surveys with the public as they use the new receptacles.

More Information

Engineering Division


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