Keep animals out of your garbage

Don’t let your garbage becoming a smorgasbord for area wildlife.

  • May. 16, 2012 8:00 p.m.

Don’t let your garbage becoming a smorgasbord for area wildlife.

This trash tip from the Regional Waste Reduction Office comes now that spring has arrived and more animals are coming out of hibernation hungry and on the prowl for food.

“The best advice if you live in an area susceptible to wildlife is to reduce the risk of conflict by taking responsibility for your trash” said waste reduction facilitator Rae Stewart.

“Bears and other animals have a keen sense of smell, so the idea is not to attract them to your garbage unnecessarily.

“If they find your waste, not only can they make a real mess, but could also pose a risk to you and your family, or to themselves by attracting the unnecessary attention of conservation officers.”

All garbage, yard waste and recycling carts need to be accessible for pickup and with lids unlocked for emptying between the hours of 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. on the day of collection only.

Putting carts out the night before or days before pickup is due, or leaving them out on a continuous basis will only add to the potential for critter trouble in your neighborhood.

The B.C. Conservation Foundation Bear Aware website also suggests keeping your garbage in a secured shed or garage until pickup day, and recommends not stockpiling or burying garbage.

As well, it reminds that fish and meat remains should not be left outside and suggests freezing or keeping them in a cool place until they can be placed into the garbage on your collection day.

“Many residents have had success with using bungee straps to secure the lid of their waste carts,” Stewart said.

“Keep in mind though, any security devices you choose to deter wildlife from your trash must be released on the day of your collection so the lid can open freely and the container contents be emptied into the automated truck.”

The public is also reminded to take care with what is disposed of in backyard composters.

Things like meat, fish, bones, cooking oil, grease, and dairy products should never be left outside or put into a compost bin, as this can attract wildlife to your backyard unnecessarily as well.

For more information, visit the Bear Aware websites www.bearaware.bc.ca or  www.env.gov.bc.ca/wld/documents/bear_hm.htm.

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