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City approves $50,000 for binners

VANCOUVER – The City of Vancouver approved a $50,000 grant to hire extra binners to clean up the downtown core during the 2010 Winter Olympic Games.

The proposal passed Thursday will mean that 22 binners will earn $10 an hour retrieving recyclable beverage containers from 250 temporary recycling bins throughout the city.

Downtown Eastside-based non-profit organization United We Can will hire the binners to work four-hour shifts each of the 17 Olympic Games days.

The binners will be scheduled in three shifts to provide 12 hours of service a day.

The grant was made available through the Olympic and Paralympics legacy reserve fund.

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