Who are those Bottle Ladies?

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And no, we are not talking about any current holiday trend, but the group of Asian ladies of a certain age who have divvied up  the “turf” of single-family housing areas in Vancouver. They collect bottles and redeemable containers from  blue box recycling containers on recycle collection days. Some are pleasant, and respectful, and know all the neighbours. Others are more demanding, going onto properties and in garages to retrieve their booty. One local bottle lady tucks her treasures in a late-model car. But what is the life of these women, how do they divide their territories and how does it all work?

Marcus Gee of the  Globe and Mail also wondered how these ladies operate in Toronto, and armed with a translator approached them.  Marcus notes: “Big, complex cities such as Toronto contain worlds within worlds, many of them unknown to each other. The world of…

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Published by Sandy James Planner

I am a city planner, author and plenary speaker writing and publishing about current planning issues. The intersect between health and city planning is vital to me. I've worked across North America and the world, and co-edit the Canadian Urban Planning Blog "Price Tags.ca". I am passionate about places and people and creating healthy cities we all want to live in. My TEDx talk is about three neighbourhood heroes that transformed their communities with the "Power of Walking". I am also the Director of Walk Metro Vancouver, and the past chair of the International Walk21 Vancouver Conference. Twitter: sandyjamesplanner@gmail.com Blog: sandyjamesplanner.wordpress.com www.walkmetrovan.ca

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