How we started
Inspiration for the Binners Hook program came out of Kitsilano, where residents built shelves onto their garage doors to leave redeemable containers for binners.
Working with students, residents, and binners we underwent a consultation process leading to the development of a hook for this purpose.
how does it work?
Due to the variability of everyone’s back-alley, many agreed that the design needed to be simple enough to adapt to different settings.
Thus, a hook was designed in collaboration Basic Design.
Residents place their hook in their back alleys and leave recyclable products with a deposit value for a local binner to pick up.
We completed our first public consultation in November 2015 in Strathcona with a warm reception from the public and the media (including the Vancouver Sun and CBC Spark).
We held a volunteer and supporter launch event in January to open up our prototype for preliminary testing. We are releasing a limited number of Binners Hook for our first test phase. Those that have expressed an interest via the form below will be contacted when we're ready to open our purchase page.
This pilot program is in collaboration with Basic Design at Maker Labs and is part of an ongoing partnership with the Local Economic Development Lab (LED Lab), a place-based initiative which will generate, implement, and scale innovative community-designed and -driven ideas for a vibrant and inclusive local economy in Vancouver’s inner city.