Pilot Project To Keep Bears Out Of Your Garbage

By Melissa MacKenzie
December 6, 2018 - 11:39am Updated: December 6, 2018 - 5:47pm

PRINCE GEORGE — A new pilot project from the City of Prince George is on its way, with the goal of decreasing the amount of bear interaction in the city.

300 bear-proof garbage containers are replacing normal garbage bins starting in the spring.

There are no set areas for this pilot project however, the City is working with the Northern Bear Awareness Society to find where they will be most effective.

"As with any pilot project, the City is going to be monitoring the success of these bins and listening to feedback from residents," says Sean LeBrun, Manager of Parks and Solid Waste. "We will also continue to work with the Northern Bear Awareness Society and BC Conservation Society to identify the areas of the city that will most benefit from these bins, due to a particularly high volume of calls to the Service Centre about problems with bears."

The 95-gallon bins are auto-locking, and can only be unlocked by using your hands or if the can is completely flipped upside down. These bins are almost three times the cost of a regular garbage bin, which usually costs around $70.00.

 

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