A Kitsilano based group is using hooks to help “binners” in the city.
The new project called “Binner’s Hook” wants to help those who make a living from collecting containers. The solution? Accessibility.
After a year in the making they are ready to launch their new hooks, which are meant to be installed in back alleys so people can hang bags with their recyclables.
Natasha Moore is a volunteer with the project and says something as simple as a hook can make a great difference.
“Refundable’s that are often put into a blue bin where somebody might need to go through that blue bin are taking out of that and put into a place that is easily accessible, and so it sort of mitigates some of the issues that residents might find occur with people collecting in lane ways.”
People can buy a hook through the Binner’s Project for $10 dollars or by donation, and they will install it for you.
Moore says the support from the city and the community has been great so far
“Residents have responded really positively, we’ve had lots of individuals contacting us to get a hook, we’ve had lots of individuals contacting us who are interested in volunteering, interested in participating, so the repsonse has been really wonderful.”
Michael Leland has been a “binner” for 14 years and is now a volunteer with the “Binner’s Hook” project. He says he couldn’t be more excited about it.
“I personally think the hook is brilliant”
Michael Leland says having bottles and cans accessible will help binners and make things safer for them
“Diving right into a bin is really dangerous. You know there’s the needle factor, there’s all kind of things you have to worry about, broken glass and stuff like that. So anytime you can go in to just bottles is dynamite.”
Over the next few weeks Binner’s Hook project hopes to have anywhere between 50 and 100 hooks around the city.