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Clean Bins, Cleaner World

As part of its strategy to reduce greenhouse gases and organic waste going to landfills, the City of Vancouver rolled out changes in the frequency of garbage collection, from weekly to every other week. The change began on May 1st 2013, and will be completed by July 11 in all Vancouver neighbourhoods. Under the Green Bin Program, Vancouver residents are encouraged to use their green bins for yard trimmings and food waste. These bins will be picked up weekly along with recyclables.

It all sounds good, but as the scraps are dumped into the green bin – and garbage gets picked up only every other week – it may result in more odour, bacteria, and pests in the summer, and turn off residents from participating.

Enter VIP Bin Cleaning Vancouver. Colin Bell, Owner and Chief Bin Cleaner, is also the co-founder of a waste and recycling firm, RecycleSmart Solutions. When his commercial clients complained about their food waste bins, he began researching for solutions, and discovered the VIP Bin Cleaning franchise, which started in the United Kingdom in 1997 and arrived in Canada (via Ontario) in 2009. The franchise now operates in eight countries worldwide.

Bell says, “You love using your green cart to reduce the amount of garbage you produce each month, but it can get pretty gross and smelly. We make going green easy by providing monthly cleaning of your green cart with our advanced cleaning technology that recycles water using an onboard filter system.”

VIP Cleaning

Bell was recently selected as one of four small business owners to pitch in Toronto for The Globe and Mail’s Small Business Challenge Contest, to win a grant worth $100,000. The winner will be announced in September 2013.

You might be thinking, why not save the gas and clean my bin myself? First off, would you want to? In addition, VIP Bin Cleaning uses less than two litres of recycled water to clean each bin, versus the average nine litres residents would use if they were to clean their bin themselves.

VIP’s cleaning machine diverts 240,000 litres of contaminated water from entering the ground water supply monthly. The cleaning products are 100% biodegradable, and the company exceeds all Environment Protection Authority guidelines for the proper handling of waste water. Locally, water is disposed at the Iona Island Wastewater Treatment Plant in Richmond.

How the service works:

A few other bin cleaning businesses have popped up in the Lower Mainland, so you can try them all and see which one you like best. Dirty bins, begone!


For more information on VIP Bin Cleaning Vancouver, visit WashMyBin.com.

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2 Responses to “Clean Bins, Cleaner World”

  1. james
    July 9, 2013 at 11:05 am #

    katie I am enjoying your blog and thankyou for the story about Colin Bell and his company.
    Would you mind if I reposted your story? Arealgoodcause is going to be adding a blog and I thought your story would be worth sharing.
    You will be fully credited and site referenced!!

    • Katie Jeanes
      July 9, 2013 at 11:20 am #

      Sure! Thanks so much!

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