Second batch of new bear-resistant garbage bins roll out this week Print Article Font Size
GarbageBinRollOutFlatSheetCROP_2018_05_07.jpgWith Spring in full swing, Bears and garbage are once again an item of concern in the community.

In keeping with our commitment to reducing human-wildlife conflict in Golden, we are moving toward replacing all of our residents’ green garbage bins with a form of lockable bin that is highly bear resistant, a tactic now used by the majority of communities in North America that experience ongoing bear incursions in urban areas.

Together with our working partner VP Waste Ltd. we outfitted 400 homes with these bins in 2017 and on May 16th and 17th we will deploy approximately 460 more in the following areas:
  • Pine Drive;
  • 10th Ave S – 13th Ave S between 9th and 14th Sts S;
  • North of 7th St S to Kicking Horse River;
  • 5th Ave S to 6th Ave S between 7th and 11th Sts S.
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On your pickup day, May 16th or 17th, place your green garbage bin at the curb as per usual.  Your bin will be emptied and then replaced with the new style bin.  An instruction sheet outlining the rules and expectations for residents in using these bins will be attached to it.  Read this sheet carefully and comply with the rules stated.  The Conservation Officer Service and our bylaw enforcement personnel are now enforcing and issuing fines to residents not using the bins properly.

“The bins are being rolled out in phases so that we can pull the costs out of and replenish reserves as we go,” says Town of Golden Mayor, Ron Oszust. “We have found that when used as per the instructions – the bear-resistant bin are very functional.”

The Town is aiming to have all municipal garbage bins replaced with bear-resistant models by 2020. 

“Our deployment strategy is to target traditionally problematic areas first with the least problematic areas receiving their bins by 2020,” says CAO Jon Wilsgard.  “Priority deployment areas are entirely based on years of research by the WildSafeBC Program and the recommendations of the local Conservation Officer Service.”

The Town of Golden has for over 10 years invested in an annual WildSafe/Bear Aware seasonal coordinator to educate the community, implemented a more regimented and timed waste collection service, ensured zero accessibility by bears to public garbage receptacles, and steadily removed fruit trees from public lands. 

“While somewhat costly, these bins are another tool we can use to effectively chip away at lessening conflicts with wildlife,” says Oszust. “We will be expecting improvements to this condition through the proper use of these new bins and will be less forgiving to those residents who still manage to experience bear problems because of their own actions or inactions.  Above all, a change to human behaviour is what is needed to reduce human-wildlife conflict.”

If residents require more information or assistance with the new bear-resistant bin, please contact the Town of Golden at 250-344-2271.