Town Board Approves Purchase Of Public Bear-Resistant Trash Containers
At its Jan. 8 meeting, the Estes Park Town Board approved spending $19,500 for bear-resistant trash containers. Combined with a grant received by the League of Women Voters and Community Recycling Committee for recycling containers, these funds will purchase 24 bear-resistant dual-use trash and recycling containers. Containers are scheduled to be installed before the summer season.
“Installing bear-resistant trash containers is one of several steps we’re taking to do our part in making the Estes Valley as safe place for wildlife and people,” commented Town Administrator Frank Lancaster. “We hope that businesses and residents across the valley will take every opportunity to reduce the chance of attracting bears and creating potential conflicts.” Lancaster also commended the Community Recycling Committee for tying its consistent efforts to increase recycling rates in the valley to an effort to reduce conflicts with bears and other wildlife.
The dual-use trash and recycling containers will replace existing public trash cans in select locations on the outer edges of downtown, where bears more frequently visit. Public Works Director Scott Zurn explained, “Not only will the combination bins make it more convenient for residents and visitors to recycle, it will allow us reduce opportunities for bears and other wildlife to access human food sources.” He continued, “In the long run, this may be a step toward preserving our wildlife.”
Zurn expects the new containers to have an impact on operating costs to the Town. Contractors who empty the public trash containers will need more time to empty each container. “This year we will be able to see how easily manageable the containers are for the public and our contractors, and how effective they are in reducing issues with wildlife downtown.”