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Public Works & Sustainability » Recycling and Garbage » Curbside Collection

Bears and Waste

People and wildlife, such as bears, are increasingly sharing space throughout Kamloops so it’s important that we learn how to live with them harmoniously.

One of the main reasons bears will enter neighbourhoods is because of mismanaged garbage. The bears cannot change their behaviour but we can.

Bear Smart - Be Like Billy! from City of Kamloops on Vimeo.

Please make sure that you:

  • Keep garbage out of reach.
    Garbage is not healthy for bears. When bears learn that garbage means food, they come back to it again and again. Store garbage & recycling indoors, in a very sturdy shed or use a garbage bin bear clamp.
  • Compost responsibly, pick ripe fruit and remove unwanted fruit trees. Bears are omnivores so they love eating vegetation, berries and other fruit. Make sure your backyard isn’t providing lunch for bears!
  • Check your yard for bear attractants:
    • Pet food: Store pet food indoors.
    • Barbecue: Keep your barbecue clean.
    • Bird Feeders: Remove bird feeders from May to November.

    Remember that a fed bear is a dead bear.

    Feeding bears, even unintentionally, is against the law in BC. (Dangerous Wildlife Protection Act-section 88.1).

    Residents are reminded not to put garbage on the curb before 4 am on collection day from April 1st until November 30th, and to not accumulate or improperly store bear attractants. Failure to do so can result in a $100.00 fine (as outlined in the Solid Waste and Recyclables Bylaw No. 40-59, 2011).

    To find out where the most recent wildlife sightings have been in Kamloops visit the Wildlife Alert Reporting Program

    For more information contact the Kamloops WildSafeBC Coordinator at 250-828-3379 or visit WildSafeBC.

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