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 2013 East Van Garbage Watch (patent pending): a semi-regular series of photos of disgustingness.
Today's entry: Enough with dumping furniture in alleys already!
This is a stretch of alleyway that I travese every day on my way to work and I've been watching this particular pile of refuse grow for the better part of May.
I saw this one-time couch…
…cannibalized into this.
Here's a big pile of trash someone was too lazy to throw in the Dumpster that is all of 10 feet away.
This fella showed up last week.
And before long was joined by new friends.
This pile has everything: broken televisions, a busted car seat, abandoned luggage, and more furniture than one person would ever reasonably need.
Need a pair of rotting orange ottomans and two black throw pillows? You're in luck!
This is hardly a new problem in the neighbourhood (as I've chronicled in this space before). But I still cannot wrap my head around what compels people to erect trash piles of such magnitude. Don't you know that this is how we get vermin? Why do you think Vancouver has such a huge rat problem?
Honestly, if you dumped your garbage here, you should be ashamed of yourself.
And for the City of Vancouver? This pile is in the alleyway at Fraser Street and East 59th Avenue. Please feel free to pick it up at your earliest convenience.
UPDATE May 22: The mattresses have disappeared, but the rest of the garbage remains.
Previously on East Van Garbage Watch: Dude Chilling Park? More like Dog Pooping Park.
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