xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), and səlilwətaɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) Territories (Vancouver)
The removal of large items is a logistical nightmare for most Vancouver residents - especially for those of us living in apartments, or seniors involving multiple steps that are even harder if people don’t own a vehicle. Junk and furniture removal costs residents money and time. As a result, Vancouverites are often stuck living with large items they’d prefer to recycle, or find their alleys full of old mattresses, furniture and other discarded household items.
Under the leadership of Vision Vancouver councillors, city sanitation services will expand to include an annual removal of large items at no cost to citizens, city-wide starting in 2023. Other municipalities - including Delta BC - already provide a service like this.
“I’m running for City Council to make city services more responsive to residents’ needs, said Honieh Barzegari, Vision Vancouver council candidate.” As a resident of the West End, I see on a daily basis the hurdles involved in people trying to discard old and unwanted items. This challenge is particularly acute for my neighbours who are renters and seniors.”
Barzegari noted that Vision’s initiative will not only provide an enormous benefit to everyone in the city, it will also reduce existing municipal costs associated with the ongoing, ad hoc efforts to remove large items discarded in our alleys and sidewalks.
“City staff are already picking up discarded items one at a time when citizens report it, or when it is impeding building entrances or alleyways,” said Barzegari. “I want Vancouver to be a city where people see the value of City Hall every day. This is a tangible, concrete way City Hall can help people with an everyday concern.”
Vision Vancouver will release its full platform in the coming days.
For more information, go to www.votevision.ca.
Jeff Andrus, Media Relations, Vision Vancouver