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Oct 15, 2015 Return to Headlines

Coquitlam Increasing Enforcement to Protect Wildlife and Ensure Public Safety

by Michelle Frilund |

COQUITLAM, BC, October 14, 2015 – Coquitlam residents who are not properly storing their garbage may be receiving a visit from the City’s Bylaw officers.

Living in a community with rich green spaces also brings about urban wildlife such as bears, coyotes and raccoons. 

However, once an animal – and especially bears – become habituated to eating garbage, it often becomes a nuisance and eventually may be destroyed to protect public safety.

It is everyone’s responsibility to ensure that wildlife attractants are properly stored. This includes:

Keeping garbage and food scraps out of reach and inaccessible to wildlife;

Ensuring food scraps are put in Green Carts for weekly pick-up, and not Garbage Carts, which are picked up every two weeks;

Only storing Garbage and Green Carts outside when they are clean and empty; and

Only putting Garbage and Green Carts at the curbside between 5:30 and 7:30 a.m. on collection day. Residents who cannot accommodate this time should find alternatives such as asking a neighbour.

Failure to comply with these steps, or otherwise allowing wildlife to access your garbage, could result in a fine of $500 under the City’s Solid Waste Bylaw.

For more information visit www.coquitlam.ca/urbanwildlife or contact Engineering Customer Service at 604-927-3500.


Media contact:
Steffanie Warriner
Manager, Environmental Services