An idea to avert butts is budding downtown.
On Thursday (April 29), the city’s community services committee heard Downtown Kamloops’ Customer Care and Patrol (CAP) Team is looking to animate space at 127 Victoria St. with a community garden, as a way of warding off discarded cigarette butts and other trash.
Coun. Dale Bass said she took a walk with the CAP Team this week and heard the team’s desire for such an initiative, with a request it be raised during the committee meeting.
“They clean up debris and cigarette butts and stuff like that, and they find that to be kind of a dumping ground for garbage and things,” Bass said. “The CAP Team would rather create a garden there.”
Bass noted a community garden was previously situated in that area, but had some issues. She said the CAP Team has proposed to check it every day on their rounds. On one day, Bass said, CAP Team members picked up 1,400 cigarette butts — and 400 of them were in that location on the south side of the 100-block of Victoria Street.
“They see that as being a way to stop that and also be proactive in creating something,” Bass said.
Kamloops’ social development services supervisor, Ty Helgason, said that the city is meeting with the CAP Team to discuss the matter on Friday.