Household garbage filling Oak Bay’s public trash cans

Parks manager Chris Hyde-Lay clears household debris left on Radcliff Lane near McMicking Point in Oak Bay. The district notes a dramatic increase in household trash in municipal bins, and discarded items in natural spaces. (Christine van Reeuwyk/News Staff)Parks manager Chris Hyde-Lay clears household debris left on Radcliff Lane near McMicking Point in Oak Bay. The district notes a dramatic increase in household trash in municipal bins, and discarded items in natural spaces. (Christine van Reeuwyk/News Staff)
Parks manager Chris Hyde-Lay clears household debris left on Radcliff Lane near McMicking Point in Oak Bay. The district notes a dramatic increase in household trash in municipal bins, and discarded items in natural spaces. (Christine van Reeuwyk/News Staff)Parks manager Chris Hyde-Lay clears household debris left on Radcliff Lane near McMicking Point in Oak Bay. The district notes a dramatic increase in household trash in municipal bins, and discarded items in natural spaces. (Christine van Reeuwyk/News Staff)
An overwhelming amount of household waste is appearing in and around the municipal trash cans around Oak Bay. (Courtesy District of Oak Bay)
An overwhelming amount of household waste is appearing in and around the municipal trash cans around Oak Bay. (Courtesy District of Oak Bay)
An overwhelming amount of household waste is appearing in and around the municipal trash cans around Oak Bay. (Courtesy District of Oak Bay)
An overwhelming amount of household waste is appearing in and around the municipal trash cans around Oak Bay. (Courtesy District of Oak Bay)

An uptick in household garbage filling Oak Bay trash bins has staff worried about what September will bring.

Oak Bay’s 225 municipal trash cans are strategically placed throughout the community to serve residents and visitors, explained parks manager Chris Hyde-Lay.

Increased use of parks and outdoor spaces is a known side effect of the COVID-19 pandemic. More people mean more trash, and household trash stuffed in the bins exacerbates the problem.

District staff provide pickup from municipal cans for 14 hours a day, seven days a week on the summer schedule. With good weather expected to continue, that could create challenges in September when that resource dips to eight hours a day.

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It’s just one issue of some people using public spaces as a dumping ground. Regular users of Cattle Point will be familiar with ongoing issues there as large appliances and couches frequently appear.

Oak Bay gets regular calls to pick up piles of furniture and other household debris dumped on street corners or out-of-the-way natural areas.

While there is basic recycling available at the popular Willows Beach Park, unfortunately, recyclables are winding up in the trash.

“We are encouraging people, if it is recyclable to take it home and recycle it,” Hyde-Lay said.

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Oak Bay isn’t alone, residents near another popular park in the region, Saanich’s Mount Doug, raised the alarm in July after municipal bins there were left overflowing on a regular basis.

c.vanreeuwyk@blackpress.ca


 

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