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Bearproof curbside bins are working, except when humans use them

October 15, 2010

The reaction to Mammoth Disposal’s bear-proof curbside containers apparently is mixed.

Mammoth Lakes Planning Commission chair Tony Barrett on Wednesday said he’d heard from unhappy customers.

The question was if the BearSaver contraptions work as promised, and Dan Dawson rose to the device’s defense.

A member of the town’s Wildlife Committee, Dawson said the only problems he’d heard of were caused by stupid humans.

“You can’t give ‘em all night,” he said in reference to bears who have tried to break into the bins.
“They’ll figure it out and get in.”

The bearproof bins were part of a Town Council effort to clean up trash on streets that utilize curbside pickup.

It was a last stand, of sorts, against the customers and bears alike.

Pay between $150 and $200 for a BearSaver Toter or curbside pickup was going to be eliminated.

Mammoth Disposal paid upfront to get the bins and has been selling them at cost since June.
The biggest problem with them so far, Dawson said, is that people take out the trash the night before for convenience’s sake, or whatever, or they take the trash out and leave it out for up to five or six days while they leave town.

Michelle Erwin, the general manager at Mammoth disposal, said only one of the bins has come back after a bear tried to gnaw its way through.

She said the company, BearSaver, will replace a damaged bin if it didn’t work correctly.

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