New bear resistant garbage bins will be delivered to Fernie residents this Spring.
The City is introducing a new automated curbside waste and recycling service June 1st.
Communications Coordinator Liz Rhodes says this will have a huge impact on animals digging through trash in town.
“For council, it was really important that whatever we went to had a wildlife resistant component for garbage collection,” Rhodes says. “So we would be providing each home with standardized carts. the 120 litre wildlife resistant cart for garbage and a 240 litre cart for recycling.”
Rhodes says no other bins will be accepted through the new service.
“When people put their carts out on garbage day, they’ll actually be locked and until the automated arm of the truck picks it up and turns it completely upside down, it won’t open,” Rhodes says. “So if a bear or a bird or a rodent or a dog knocks it over, the garbage shouldn’t be coming out.”
Residents will see their garbage rates rise from $74.64 a year to $154.99 dollars in 2019.
Rhodes says $46 annually covers the move to new bins and automated collection.
The new service will be discussed at the City of Fernie’s budget open house March 14th 4 p.m. – 8 p.m. at the Arts Station.
(Photo from the City of Fernie)
City of Fernie Communications Coordinator, Liz Rhodes