It has become an all-too-familiar sight throughout neighbourhoods over the last several months – littered personal protective equipment (PPE) such as face masks and rubber gloves, as well as cleaning supplies like sanitary wipes.
These discarded items aren’t only unsightly; they’re a potential health hazard to residents and the city workers responsible for waste collection.
To remind residents of how to correctly dispose of gloves, face masks and wipes, and to discourage littering, Metro Vancouver has launched the “Bag It. Bin It.” campaign. Using clear, direct messaging and artwork, the campaign advises that all PPE and hygiene products should be placed in a closed plastic bag and placed securely in the garbage bin, whether at home or out in the community. These items should all be double bagged if you are sick or caring for someone who is sick.
Metro Vancouver worked closely with Member jurisdictions to develop messaging and to promote the campaign throughout the region.
Additional information on correct disposal of larger items (e.g., mattresses, furniture) can also be found at wasteinitsplace.ca.