Have you ever noticed over flowing garbage on Vancouver streets?
The Downtown Vancouver Business Improvement Association is getting behind proposed changes to city bylaws that would make it easier for staff to issue fines and stiffer penalties against those responsible for overflowing dumpsters, unsecured loads, and illegal dumping.
City staff are proposing amendments to city bylaws that would give more teeth to penalties, including a new fine structure, something DTVBIA President Charles Gauthier says is long overdue.
“[We were] arguing for a much higher fine but in the end Councillors agreed with city staff that a $100 fine could be issued daily for repeat offences and they believe that would have the desired impact.”
But causing trash trouble could still land you in plenty of hot water. The city is dishing out a new maximum fine of up to $10,000 for dumping in parks or on city property if there are major cleanup costs or health haazards.
With bylaw changes, City will be more aggressive in going after owners of overflowing and messy dumpsters in its back lanes. #vanpoli
— Charles Gauthier (@DowntownCharles) February 4, 2016
Gauthier says part of the initiative will also look at businesses to make sure they’re keeping up their end of the bargain.
“We also require this new bylaw that will make it a requirement for building and business owners to go out and sweep infront of their businesses. I mean they should be doing that anyway. You want to welcome people to your business, you should make your entrance as clean as possible and not expect the city to do that work for them.”
Proposed new fee structure for waste infractions:
- Simple solid waste bylaw infraction: $100
- Leaking collection vehicles: $250
- Unsecured loads and spilled loads: $250
- Not obeying an order issued under the Solid Waste By-Law: $500
- New maximum fine for illegal dumping: $2,000-$10,000