Study: Most Durangoans do not lock their bear-resistant trash cans

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Study: Most Durangoans do not lock their bear-resistant trash cans

Some say city needs to be more proactive with enforcing ordinance
Joey Medina, recycling and trash manager for the city of Durango, checks to make sure the auto close-and-lock lid works on one of the new automated wildlife-resistant trash containers. A study by a group of Fort Lewis College students found most people who have bear-resistant containers don’t use them properly or don’t lock them.

Study: Most Durangoans do not lock their bear-resistant trash cans

Joey Medina, recycling and trash manager for the city of Durango, checks to make sure the auto close-and-lock lid works on one of the new automated wildlife-resistant trash containers. A study by a group of Fort Lewis College students found most people who have bear-resistant containers don’t use them properly or don’t lock them.

Study: Most Durangoans do not lock their bear-resistant trash cans

A 300-gallon trash container accessed by a bear in downtown Durango. A Fort Lewis College study found residents are not locking their containers.

Study: Most Durangoans do not lock their bear-resistant trash cans

Fort Lewis College students surveyed homes and businesses this fall, finding most don’t properly lock bear-resistant containers.

Study: Most Durangoans do not lock their bear-resistant trash cans

Dale Cogswell, the solid waste recycle manager for Durango, said the bear-resistant containers have latches, a metal band around the rim, and metal bracing to make it harder for bears to get into them.
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