Bear advocate calls for bear-proof bins

Conservation & Preservation

June 18, 2009 1:16 PM


Maria Spitale-Leisk


Local bear advocate Tony Webb is urging the districts of North Vancouver and West Vancouver to follow the lead of other Metro municipalities by making new bear-proof bins available to residents.

“Approximately 80 per cent of bear situations on the North Shore are a result of mismanaged garbage,” said Webb. “Obviously if we could solve that it would be great.”

Webb is talking specifically about the 120-litre Rollins Schaefer bin, a two-wheeled, hard-plastic garbage can outfitted with heavy duty clasps and steel around the lid.

The bear-proof garbage bins have recently been issued to all residents in Port Moody. Coquitlam, meanwhile, has made the bins available to its residents at a cost of $140 per bin after receiving positive results from a study in 2007 involving citizens and a hauling contractor.




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