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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
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
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
Where will the bins
be located in Walnut Grove?
will be located in the following areas:
Walnut Grove 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