Vancouver’s natural beauty is worth protecting. Our children not only need places to play, but also places to enjoy and explore nature. We all need places of tranquil refuge from our busy lives. The animals and birds that help make our city lives enjoyable need places to nest and raise their young.
People and nature in balance is my vision for our parks and recreation system.
23 November 2015
Blowing your leaves into the street could cost you
In the last couple of weeks, heavy rains have caused many streets to flood and Vancouver
city crews have had their hands full clearing out drains.
Albert Shamess, the Director of Vancouver Waste Management showed CTV News the problem
in one neighbourhood.
“So what we’ve got here is we’ve got a catch basin that’s been covered over with
leaves,” Shamess pointed out.
In some cases it’s just a consequence of a lot of trees but part of the problem is
blamed on negligence – some people will blow leaves into the street to clear their yard and sidewalk.
“Well I think they blow them into the streets and expect us to pick them up,” says
CTV News observed a number of people with leaf blowers in downtown Vancouver blowing
leaves into the street without picking them up.
The City has a law against leaving leaves and yard trimmings in the street and depending
on the severity, the fine can be up to $2,000.
“We haven’t handed out very many at all at this point but as things get worse in
the future continue to get worse we may end up having to do that,” Shamess said.
In an effort to get ahead of the problem, Vancouver street cleaners are moving from
neighbourhood to neighbourhood to remove piles of leaves that have fallen from the streets or have been left behind by others.
City of Vancouver needs you to do your part too to help out and reminds
to pay attention to the street cleaning signs. If you don’t move your
car you could find it towed.
Right now the city is just giving warning
tickets and towing the vehicle to a spot nearby. If the problem gets
worse, fines may be issued in the future.