The B.C. Government is moving to limit the number of bags that can be stored on streets in downtown Vancouver.
The city has agreed to implement a ban on heavy bags in all of the city’s core neighbourhoods, except for the downtown core, which is set to get a ban starting next week.
The ban will cover more than 5,000 metres of the downtown, the city says.
A spokesperson for the city said the city will be moving to make a more efficient use of the remaining storage space, which has grown to more than 1,000 bags a day in some neighbourhoods.
“We need to be able to move to a more cost-effective storage system, which can be effective in reducing the number and volume of heavy bags that are stored on our streets,” the spokesperson said.
The spokesperson also said the restriction on heavy bag storage will be temporary, which means it will likely end by the end of the year.
The new ban will apply to all neighbourhoods except the downtown and city centre.
“This is a major change in our approach to heavy bags,” said Vancouver Police spokesperson Const.
“It will allow us to work more efficiently to reduce the number that are in our streets, as well as reduce the impact on the health and safety of people in the community.”
The spokesperson said the police department is also taking steps to reduce noise levels in the city.
The BCA said it will review the impact of the new ban and make recommendations to the city in the fall.