The City of Burnaby announced this week changes to its Solid Waste & Recycling Bylaw to “reduce the risk of resident-bear interaction on collection day.”
This means changes to how Burnaby residents handle their bins.
The city has designated a “Bear Area,” located between Sperling Avenue to the west, North Road to the east, Trans-Canada Highway to the south and Burrard Inlet to the north.
“In the Bear Area, residents must place their bins on the curb after 5:30 a.m. on collection day,” the city said in a news release.
In addition, multi-family properties will also be required to store garbage, green waste and recyclable material in a bear-resistant enclosure. Also, all Burnaby residents are now required to remove their bins by 8 p.m. on collection day.
“These changes are important and will benefit all Burnaby residents and businesses as they aim to minimize human-bear interactions as well as reduce littering and illegal dumping,” says the city.