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Quick facts about binning

By Dan Haves There are more than 1,500 binners in Vancouver Vancouver’s binning community was relatively small until United We…

By Dan Haves , in City , on December 5, 2007

By Dan Haves

  • There are more than 1,500 binners in VancouverPeople lineup outside United We Can
  • Vancouver’s binning community was relatively small until United We Can opened up and became the city’s first bottle depot in 1995.
  • In 1995, 18 per cent of B.C. beverage containers that were recycled were recycled via bottle depots. By 2003, that figure had grown to 80 per cent.
  • United We Can imposes no limit on the number of items returned (most retailers have a limit of 24).
  • United We Can recycles 20 million containers a year.
  • Although many binners use shopping carts to collect containers, officially they are not allowed on the streets according to a city bylaw.
  • Eight Canadian provinces and eleven US states
    have legislation that requires consumers to pay a deposit on beverage containers.
  • In British Columbia, 49 per cent of beverage container deposits are eventually recovered. That’s the second highest rate among provinces with beverage container deposits (Nova Scotia has a rate of 56 per cent).

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