The Binners’ Project won the November Vancouver SOUP for its idea for a Binners Hook, a place for residents to leave refundable bottles and cans outside their property for easy pick-up by local winners. It was just in time for it to launch its first community residents’ consultation on a prototype that the project staff and volunteers, its binners, design partner, Basic Design, and supporter, LED lab, had been working on for almost 8 months, from its initial idea phase.
In December 2015, the Binners’ Project finalized this prototype and deemed it was ready to take to market for testing. We showed our design to numerous stakeholders and experts – from municipal staff from the City of Vancouver, recycling and waste management teams to metal fabricator experts and construction and industrial designers to ensure that all aspects of our design were ready to come together in a simple, yet effective way for residents to leave redeemable bottles and cans for their local binners.
In January 2016, the Binners’ Project put a call out for residents and interested volunteers to participate in our first ever pilot phase. With the initial aim of testing just 30 Binners Hooks within the boundaries of the City of Vancouver, we were overwhelmed with the amount of interest and support we’ve received from interested residents as far away as Victoria and Nelson, BC asking when the Binners Hook would be available in their cities! We are now accepting up to 50 residents in Metro Vancouver (think Richmond, Port Coquitlam, North Vancouver in addition to Vancouver) to participate in our first pilot phase.
Sales for the Binners Hook ($10 each) are open and we’re fast approaching our target of 50 residents. If you’re interested in participating and giving us some of your valuable time and feedback, consider purchasing a Binners Hooks here or find out more information about it at our Q&A.
A BIG thank you to the Vancouver SOUP community for choosing the Binners Hook pilot program to support in November! Our $535 in winnings went towards the rollout of the pilot including the materials needed for the first iterations of our prototype in December, the materials needed for the testing and installation of the first Hooks, as well as the meeting costs (such as light refreshments and printed materials) for two residents meetings and four binners consultations between November and January.
We had some wonderful stories (see our Twitter! @Binners_Project) already coming out of the interactions between residents and binners that are installing these hooks, by request from the resident. Our binners members have worked tirelessly to create this from its initial idea phase, and have lent their expertise, lived experiences, and connections to the binner community to make the success of the Binners Hook a reality. We’ve been immensely warmed by the outpouring of support from residents determined to create positive change in their neighbourhoods by readily changing their recycling habits, talking to their neighbours about the Binners Hook and happy to help us as we get this pilot project – filled to the brim with love and respect for our communities – off the ground!