–The City of Colorado Springs and Colorado Parks & Wildlife are reminding Colorado Springs businesses and residents to “Be Bear Smart, Do our Part.” Beginning March 1, a new City ordinance goes into effect requiring all Colorado Springs residents and businesses west of I-25 to secure their trash from bears.
Securing trash to discourage bear activity in neighborhoods can be accomplished by:
- Only setting trash containers on the street on trash collection days between 5 a.m. and 7 p.m. and storing them in a secured enclosure such as a garage or other enclosed structure at all other times
- Storing trash in a certified bear-proof container
- There is no requirement to secure recycle bins
“The majority of residents will already meet this new requirement by simply waiting until 5 a.m. to set out their trash containers on trash collection days and returning them to their garage by 7 p.m.,” said Mitch Hammes, Neighborhood Services Manager for the City of Colorado Springs. “We ask the public’s patience as neighbors work to comply with this new ordinance. You may contact neighborhood services if you have bear activity in your neighborhood due to unsecured trash and we will work to educate neighbors. Our goal is for people to voluntarily comply with the ordinance, however, continued non-compliance may result in fines,” Hammes said.