Bear-Resistant Product Testing

Tested at the BC Wildlife Park in Kamloops, BC

The BC Bear-Resistant Product Group is a partnership between WildSafeBC and the BC Wildlife Park in Kamloops, BC. Having certified bear-resistant containers is one way to reduce access by bears to garbage and food waste. It is also a viable option for communities seeking to become Bear Smart.

Products are tested at the BC Wildlife Park to determine their resistance to the forces from either black bears or grizzly bears. Our testing follows protocols similar to those established by the Interagency Grizzly Bear Committee. If a product can withstand one hour of contact time with the specified bear species, without presenting a food reward, the product is deemed to have passed.

While products that pass testing are certified bear-resistant, this does not guarantee that a bear cannot gain access if given sufficient time. To reduce the chance of a bear accessing a food reward consider the following:

  • Keep your containers in a secure location such as a garage or well-constructed shed
  • If you do not have a garage/shed, then secure the container to a structure so that it cannot be dragged away
  • Freeze smelly items until collection day
  • Never put your container out the night before collection – wait until the morning of pick up day

Bins tested and approved in BC are listed below.

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Date Tested Manufacturer Model Bear
23-Jul-2013 TyeDee Bin Sales and Distribution TyeDee Bin Original Black
26-Sep-2013 Wasteline Containers Ltd. Bag Away Black
29-May-2014 City of Port Coquitlam Gordilocks IPL - 240L Black
3-Jul-2014 Wasteline Containers Ltd. FFF-6yd Black
31-Jul-2014 Wasteline Containers Ltd. FFF-4S Black
27-Aug-2014 Wasteline Containers Ltd. FFF-3yd Black
27-Aug-2014 City of Port Coquitlam Gordilocks IPL - 360L with 2 straps and modified cart handles Black
4-Jun-2015 Jora Canada West NE 401 Composter Black
18-Jun-2015 Sybertech Waste Reduction Ltd. Millenium 4000 Black
26-Aug-2015 Wasteline Containers Ltd. High Boy Black
15-Jun-16 Wasteline Containers Ltd. 6S-WC Grizzly
29-Jun-2016 TuffBoxx Inc. Grizzly with Bear Guard Brackets Grizzly
06-Jul-2016 Wasteline Containers Ltd. Hac-32S Grizzly
03-Aug-2016 Carney's Waste Systems CWS 35 SH (140L) Black
17-Aug-2016 Carney's Waste Systems CWS 65 SH (260L) Black
15-Jun-2017 Binpak Compactors 6 yard self-contained compactor Grizzly
13-Jul-2017 Binpak Compactors 6 yard self-contained compactor Black
24-Aug-2017 City of Coquitlam Schaefer GMT 240 with carabiner clips and gravity lock Black
21-Sep-2017 Rehrig Pacific Co. 95 gallon EG Black
7-Jun-2018 Transform Compost Systems Food Waste Composter 1810 Black
20-Jun-2018 Rollins Machinery Limited Schaefer USD65 Black
6-June-2019 Schaefer Systems Int. Ltd. GMT120 bear cart with bear kit Black
1-Aug-2019 Molok North America M5000-3 with bear lid Black
15-Aug-2019 Molok North America MFish Black
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Bear-Resistant Products Tested in the United States

The following link is to the most updated list of products tested and recognized by the Interagency Grizzly Bear Committee. WildSafeBC recognizes this testing as proof of a unit being bear-resistant.

IGBC Certified Bear-Resistant Products List