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City Council closer to requiring bear-proof trash cans on west side

Bear proofing you home
Posted at 6:43 AM, Oct 09, 2019
and last updated 2019-10-22 07:18:04-04

COLORADO SPRINGS — The Colorado Springs City Council is one step closer to requiring residents on the west side of the city to have bear-proof trash cans.

The Council will make the final vote that will mandate bear-proof cans Tuesday.

The Council voted unanimously Oct. 8 to require the trash cans, which helped move this ordinance forward.

If the ordinance goes through, residents in the affected areas would be required to get bear-proof containers, keep trash or perishable waste inside, and limit times when trash is put out.

Colorado Parks and Wildlife said they expect to seek grants to help low-income residents buy the trash cans.

The ordinance would take effect starting in March of next year. You can look at the bear management area map here.