East Van Garbage Watch: It's a Dumpster furniture fire sale!

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      East Vancouver smells like shit.

      Between West Coast Reduction's rendering plant on North Commercial, the vomit and urine streaking the sidewalks and alleyways after special events, and the epic piles of garbage, it's hard to argue that the east side of town smells like anything other than rancid death.

      To wit, I present the lastest installment of East Van Garbage Watch (patent pending): a semi-regular series of photos of disgustingness.

      Today's offender: It's a Dumpster furniture fire sale!

      I first noticed this lovely tableau near the corner of Fraser Street and East 58th Avenue on December 23: it looked like a whole apartment's worth of furniture had been left near what I believe is the building's only Dumpster. Perhaps its abandoners thought Santa would pick it up and lovingly regift it to a family in need?

      I tried to take a few pictures of the carnage, but only one photo (below left) turned out.

      There must have been something particularly good in that bag because it was gone in the harsh light of day.
      Miranda Nelson

      When I passed by again on Christmas Day, the pile of trash had predictably grown.

      Even if it's festive, it's still garbage.
      Miranda Nelson
      Remember, folks: cardboard only gets recycled when its put next to the blue bin.
      Miranda Nelson

      I know moving is difficult, but leaving all of your furniture in an apartment's parking lot seems pretty irresponsible, even to me.

      I call this one "Still Life With Dumpster".
      Miranda Nelson

      (Pro-tip: try getting rid of your unwanted furniture for free on Craigslist or Freecycle before leaving it to decay into a useless pile of crap.)

      In need of a slightly mouldy couch or some rain-soaked chairs? I'm pretty sure most of this stuff's still sitting there.

      Remains of the living room, part one.
      Miranda Nelson
      Remains of the living room, part two.
      Miranda Nelson

      And for fun, here are a couple of random shots from this year that didn't warrant their own posts.

      Exhibit A:

      Is the garbage can overflowing? No problem! Just throw your trash on the ground!
      Miranda Nelson

      Exhibit B:

      One of the dozens of smashed TVs I saw in my wanderings this year.
      Miranda Nelson

      Also, I'd like to say a big thank you to all of the garbage watchers out there who sent me content this year. See you in 2015!

      Previously on East Van Garbage Watch: A new month brings new trash

      Have an East Van garbage photo you want to share? Tweet it to me at @charenton_ with the photo's location, date it was taken, and any other observations you may have.




      Dec 30, 2014 at 12:15am

      It isn't exactly East Van, but take a walk around the east side of BC Place. The aftermath of the Contact Music Festival is spread all over the place. Trash everywhere. If this is the respect the festival organizers show our neighbourhood, I will be sure to let city hall know what I think about them holding this event here again.