WildsafeBC Elk Valley claims new wildlife resistant garbage bins coming to Fernie won’t necessarily stop bears.
The city is providing each residence with new bins for trash and recyclables with their new automated service beginning in June.
Coordinator Kathy Murray says the bins are a big improvement, but the strength of a bear shouldn’t be underestimated.
“The standardized carts have not been certified bear resistant and there is no such thing as a 100 per cent bear proof container,” Murray says. “For a product to be certified bear resistant, it must not be breached by a black or grizzly bear during a full hour of contact.”
Murray says its important to obey garbage bylaws to avoid animal fatalities, even with the new bins in place.
“Residents will still be required to keep the carts locked and kept indoors and inaccessible to wildlife between collection days and placed on the curb the morning of collection,” Murray says.
She says its the homeowner’s responsibility to keep animals from accessing unnatural food on their property.
Residents can learn more about the new automated garbage and recycling service at an open house hosted by the City of Fernie next Wednesday 4 p.m. – 8 p.m. at The Art Station.
– Kathy Murray, WildsafeBC Elk Valley Community Coordinator