Bears - Lock the Lid
Why the Ordinance?
City Council found that there were an increasing number of bear and other wildlife encounters in urban areas of the city. This growth was primarily due to inadequate security of residential and commercial waste placed outside for collection. When wildlife has access to trash, they are drawn closer to homes and businesses which creates potentially dangerous situations between the animals and people.
The new ordinance requires all trash containers to be certified as bear resistant by the Interagency Grizzly Bear Committee and dumpsters or dumpster enclosures to be bear resistant. Trash haulers are required to provide bear resistant receptacles to their customers within a three-year period with full compliance by March 2023.
The city asks for your compliance with these laws to help keep wildlife where they belong - in the wild.
Your property is in violation of Steamboat Springs regulations. This notice is a warning only. A repeat violation will be subject to a Municipal Court summons.
Su propiedad infringe las regulaciones de Steamboat Springs. Este aviso es solo una advertencia. Una violación repetida estará sujeta a una citación de la corte municipal
Bear resistant container, dumpster, or enclosure required
Se requiere un contenedor, contenedor o contenedor resistente a los osos
Container, dumpsters, and dumpster enclosure not secured
El contenedor, los contenedores de basura y el contenedor no están asegurados
Wildlife attractant not properly secured
Atrayente de vida silvestre no asegurado adecuadamente
Curbside placement/pickup outside scheduled service day
Colocación/recogida en la acera el mismo día del servicio
Accumulation of wildlife attractant refuse on property
Se prohíbe la acumulación de desechos atrayentes de vida silvestre en la propiedad
Feeding of wildlife
Se prohíbe la alimentación de la vida Silvestre
Bear Resistant Containers & Dumpsters
Any refuse container, regardless of size, left outside a house, garage, or other enclosed building that is an attractant to bears or other wildlife must be stored in a bear resistant container, a bear resistant dumpster, or a bear resistant enclosure.
A list of certified “bear-resistant” garbage containers from Living with Wildlife and Interagency Grizzly Bear Committee can be found here. Any and all containers must have the Interagency Grizzly Bear Committee certification.
- Why pass an ordinance requiring wildlife resistant trash containers?
- What is required by the ordinance?
- What has changed with the new ordinance?
- What is “attractant refuse?”
- Is this just for bears?
- Are there issues with items other than trash?
- When will I need a bear resistant trash container?
- When will I receive my new compliant container from my trash hauler?
- When can I put my trash out?
- Do I need to put yard waste, cardboard and clean recycling in a bear resistant container?
- I keep my trash containers in my garage. Do I need a bear resistant container?
- How do I know if my container is bear resistant?
- I rent my property – who is responsible for ensuring compliance?
- What is required of trash haulers?
- What happens if my trash container is damaged?
- What happens if my dumpster or enclosure is damaged?
- Can I get help with the cost of a compliant container?
- Are there fines for non-compliance?
- Am I allowed to have a bird feeder?
- When Did the New Ordinance Become Effective?
Keep Bears Wild
- Don’t feed bears, and don’t put out food for other wildlife that attracts bears.
- Be responsible about trash and bird feeders.
- Burn food off barbeque grills and clean after each use.
- Keep all bear-accessible windows and doors closed and locked, including home, garage and vehicle doors.
- Don’t leave food, trash, coolers, air fresheners or anything that smells in your vehicle.
- If a bear comes near your home, do your best to chase it away. Yell, blow a whistle, clap your hands and make other loud noises -- never approach or corner a bear.