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Don't fur-get: Bear-resistant bins being rolled out in certain Prince George areas on April 15

Residents in the Hart Highlands Croft neighbourhood are the first to try the new bins
A bear digging through garbage. (via Shutterstock)

If you are living on certain streets in the Hart Highlands Croft neighbourhood, you can expect to see a new garbage bin on Monday for the bear-resistant garbage can pilot project.

The City of Prince George says there will be no cost to those receiving the bins on the following streets: 

  • Cook Crescent
  • Cottonwood Place
  • Croft Road
  • Dunbar Place
  • Erickson Street
  • Glade Road
  • Hepting Road
  • Ingala Drive
  • Kim Place
  • Lehman Street
  • Monterery Road
  • Oakridge Crescent
  • Poplar Place
  • Winslow Drive
  • Winslow Place

The city says the new cans are certified bear-resistant by the Interagency Grizzly Bear Committee and each is fully compatible with the automated lift arms used by all city waste collection trucks while also being easy for residents to open with one hand.

"Bears spend half of their year eating as much as possible before hibernation, which can include eating garbage, fruit, or other available attractants if available," says City Strategic Parks Planner Laurie Kosec in a release. "Prince George has the highest number of bear sightings in BC, and an average of 35 local bears are destroyed every year as they usually cannot be successfully rehabilitated after they get used to seeking out garbage.”

The pilot project itself was announced in December of 2018. 

The city bylaw states that residents place bins at the curb no earlier than 4:00 a.m. on collection day and remove them by 7:00 p.m. the same day or could be subject to $100 fine.

A bear-resistant bin is close to five times the price of a regular, large-sized bin, which the city says is one of the reasons the bins are first being tested as a pilot project.

Delivery on Monday (April 15) will begin in the morning. 


Jessica Fedigan

About the Author: Jessica Fedigan

Jessica Fedigan graduated from BCIT’s broadcast and online journalism program in 2016. Her career (so far) has taken her to Fort St. John, Victoria and now Prince George.
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