Bear-Resistant Organics Totes, Solar Cones, Composters, & Rain Barrels On Sale Now!
NOTE: Composters & Solar Cones are SOLD OUT for 2016. We will order more in Spring, 2017.
As part of an effort to gain Bear Smart Community status, the City of Maple Ridge will be subsidizing 400 bear-resistant organic bins for Maple Ridge residents. The bins will be available through Ridge Meadows Recycling Society along with our annual sale of Composters, Solar Cone Food Digesters, & Rain Barrels. Residents can pre-order any of these through the online form below, by visiting the Maple Ridge Recycling Depot at 10092 – 236th Street, or by calling our office at 604-463-5545.
“Every year, hundreds of bears in BC are destroyed as a result of getting into garbage or organic bins,” says Dan Mikolay, Wildsafe BC Coordinator for Maple Ridge, “These bear-resistant bins, when properly used, discourage bears from seeking food sources in residential areas.”
“The goal of the Wildsafe BC program is to ‘keep wildlife wild and communities safe,’” Mikolay continues, “Council’s generous subsidy goes a long way toward achieving our goal.”
The containers are also a major criteria to Maple Ridge achieving Bear Smart Community status this year. This special status was created to address the root causes of bear/human conflicts, and, thanks to its investment in the Wildsafe BC program since 2012, Maple Ridge is poised to become the first Bear Smart Community in the Lower Mainland.
With Metro Vancouver’s Organics Disposal Ban coming into effect last year, people are paying more attention to what happens with their food scraps.
The bear-resistant bins, which look like regular rolling totes, have reinforced lids and a locking mechanism. The 120 litre (32 gallon) bins will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. Residents will be asked to pre-pay for the bins and either pick them up from the Recycling Depot or request delivery. Retail value of these containers is $200. Bulk purchase price is $150. With the $50 subsidy from the City of Maple Ridge, the first 400 Maple Ridge residents will be able to purchase the bins for $100.