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.
WildSafeBC is currently accepting applications from manufacturers until March 8, 2019. To apply to have your product tested, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
|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|
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.