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Key Vote: Eucan Garbage Cans

In a 24-17 vote, City Council voted to approve a 3-month trial of 132 Eucan garbage cans, to be placed throughout the city for public comment. The group that led opposition to the garbage cans, the Toronto Public Space Committee called this option a 'trojan horse' that would eventually bring the garbage bins into the city despite public opposition to more advertising on public space. Councillor Joe Mihevc, who introduced a motion to install 1,000 new recycling bins without advertising, called the Eucan bins a "giant billboard with a little garbage can attached". The Eucan bins are 2.3 metres tall, the size of standard advertising posters in bus shelters, and have illuminated advertising billboards on either side. The trial bins will feature contact information for public comments.

Vote Essentials:
That council approve a 3 month trial period of 132 Eucan garbage cans, which will be placed in wards throughout the city for public comment.

Voting FOR giant garbage cans: 24
Balkissoon, Bussin, Carroll, Cho, De Baeremaeker, Del Grande, Di Giorgio, Grimes, Hall, Jenkins, Kelly, Li Preti, Mammoliti, Miller, Minnan-Wong, Nunziata, Ootes, Palacio, Pantalone, Pitfield, Soknacki, Stintz, Thompson, Watson

Voting AGAINST giant garbage cans: 17
Altobello, Ashton, Chow, Cowbourne, Davis, Feldman, Filion, Fletcher, Giambrone, Holyday, Lindsay Luby, Mihevc, Milczyn, Moscoe, Rae, Shiner, Walker

Vote Date: July 20, 2004

Vote Specifics: Clause as amended, Policy and Finance Committee Report 6, Clause 1, headed “Recycling/Litter Bins Program – Options for Acquiring 1,000 Additional Bins”.

For more information, see the City Council Minutes. (PDF file opens in a new window.)