I’m only writing this post because my born and bred Coquitlam friend recently told me about their recent Spring Clean-Up day, and used the hilarious phrase ‘garbage amnesty’. From the City of Coquitlam’s website:
Spring Clean Up allows for a reasonable amount of additional garbage for pick up, and it must only go out to the curb on the assigned collection day to avoid clutter in neighbourhoods.
What is a reasonable amount?
The maximum amount that would fit in the back of a regular sized pickup truck. Items should be placed at curb and kept in a neat and tidy fashion for pick up to occur.
I gather a lot of suburbs do the same thing, though sadly few call them garbage amnesties. Here’s an effusive blog post about Everything-Goes-Garbage-Week in Delta:
The best part is the few days before the big day. Treasure Days. You see, it’s totally kosher to walk around checking to see if there’s anything on a lawn that you may want. Walking my dog this evening, I saw tons of people casually walking around the neighbourhood, people driving around picking up extra lawn chairs, leftover plywood. It’s the best recycling program ever.
I assume this helps prevent illegal dumping, and keeps everybody’s yard cleaner.