Vancouver trash event blurred after being moved by filming, organizers say


Organizers of an annual event in Vancouver that puts thousands of dollars in the pockets of the city’s trash cans are raising concerns after being forced to change locations at the last minute to make room for a film shoot.

The Vancouver Binners’ Project has been holding its Coffee Cup Revolution event in Victory Square on Cambie and Hastings streets since 2014, except for 2020 due to the pandemic.

The full-day event offers binners – people who collect cans and bottles to return for their deposits – a cash refund for the disposable coffee cups they collect.

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Binners’ Project Director Sean Miles said it was an important source of income for binners, while advocating for the environmental and social benefits of applying a bond on tumblers to Disposable.

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In 2019, trash cans collected just under 100,000 cups in a single day, diverting them from landfills to recycling.

” It’s really important. It’s a day, especially now that it’s gone down to 10 cents a cup, where you could make $ 200 or $ 300, ”veteran Michael Leland told Global News.

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“It’s our big day, that’s what started it all. Being able to come here has really made a big difference.

But Miles said there was only a month left until the event took place, the Vancouver Park Board informed him he was being kicked from the location to make way for filming.

“We had already started promoting the event, we had gone through the permit process, we had paid for our permit. We, for all intents and purposes, thought we were ready to go, ”he said.

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“We were shocked and frustrated, frankly, especially since there had been no discussion about it, it wasn’t a question of maybe or it could happen, it’s:” It happens, it happened. “

Organizers rushed to find a new location, relocating to Oppenheimer Park, but Miles said it would cost around $ 5,000 more.

More concerning, Miles said, was the possibility that many people who rely on the event were not aware of the change of venue.

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Many participants belong to a vulnerable population that does not always have access to reliable communications, he said.

“They’ll assume it’s here. They will come here, ”he said, adding that the organizers would now need staff at the original site to redirect participants to the new location.

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“Changing the venue is something that is going to have an impact on who comes and how successful the event is. “

Coffee Cup Revolution will now take place in its new location on October 7th.

Global News requested an interview with a spokesperson for the Vancouver Park Board, but was told no one would be available until Sunday’s deadline.

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Nadia Tchoumi, spokesperson for the Union Gospel Mission Vancouver, called the move “disappointing,” adding that it raises important questions about who can use public space in the city.

“Who are they for? Are they just going to be available to the highest bidder depending on the event that arises?” Says Tchoumi.

“When you host an event like this, it’s such a long-standing event that has made such a contribution to the community… I think you must be wondering why it hasn’t even really received the appreciation and the priority it deserves. “

She said she would keep a close watch on the park board to see if similar events were called off.

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