The Binners’ Project, a Vancouver BC waste pickers grassroots group, was one of the collectives we wrote about in our article “Waste pickers unite“. In February 2016, they launched the first test phase for Binners Hook, a place for residents to leave refundable bottles and cans outside their property for easy and safe pick-up by local binners.
It is a product of nearly eight months of consultations, prototyping, and testing from a variety of stakeholders including residents, recycling and waste management teams, industrial designers and metal fabricator experts to ensure that all aspects of the design were ready to come together in a simple, yet effective way for people to leave redeemable bottles and cans for local binners.
The Binners’ Hook is on sale now for $10 each and the program is accepting up to 50 residents in Metro Vancouver (think Richmond, Port Coquitlam, North Vancouver in addition to Vancouver) to participate in the first pilot phase. They’re asking all residents who want to participate the first pilot phase — which spans three months — that they participate in two short surveys to ensure the Binners’ Project is putting the best possible product out there.
See some of the stories on Twitter (@Binners_Project) already coming out of the interactions between residents and binners that are installing these hooks, by request from the resident. Binners members from the Binners’ Project have worked tirelessly to create this from its initial idea phase, and have lent their expertise, lived experiences, and connections to the binner community to make the success of the Binners Hook a reality. Prototype design thanks to the Binners’ Project design partner, Basic Design, and support for this initiative comes in part from LED lab, a joint initiative by SFU RADIUS and Ecotrust Canada.
This initiative is a great example of how collectives around the world are making a difference economically and environmentally. You can see the positive impact waste picker co-ops have on the environment in our infographic “The greening of garbage” and read how waste picker collectives are alleviating poverty in different parts of the world. ◊