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Posted on: August 3, 2023

City replaces 450 trash containers with wildlife resistant containers

Bear cans

Durango, CO: Durango’s trash and recycling division the past three weeks has replaced 450 trash containers in the city with wildlife resistant containers.

bear cans 2Funding for the wildlife resistant containers came from a $60,000 Colorado Parks and Wildlife grant that the trash and recycling division matched for a total of $120,000. Local advocacy group Bear Smart Durango worked with assisted in initiating the grant application for the City of Durango.

“Wildlife resistant containers are very costly, so being able to get grant money makes a huge difference,” said Durango’s Public Works Operations Manager Joey Medina. “These cans prevent human-bear conflict and help keep things clean as well.”

The areas chosen to receive new containers are homes along Riverview Drive and around the 32nd Street Bridge, as they account for the highest density of wildlife and human interaction in the city.  

Recycling Supervisor Alex Lopez and Solid Waste Supervisor Jenn Dezarn

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Area around 32nd Street Bridge that received new wildlife resistant containers 

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Area around Riverview Drive that received new wildlife resistant containers

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