United We Can is a charitable organization established to support environmental, social, and economic improvement in Vancouver. The mandate is to create economic opportunities for people with multiple barriers living in the Downtown Eastside, through environmental initiatives. United We Can strives to improve working conditions for binners by ensuring they have access to a safe working environment and that they receive the full deposit on all their bottles and cans.
United We Can’s first major undertaking, the “United We Can Bottle Depot”, was created by and for Vancouver’s binners. It opened in 1995 and it continues to thrive today. This bottle depot is the largest social enterprise project hosted by United We Can, which grew out of a vision of creating “green-collar” jobs while helping our local community and the people within it.