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 Post subject: Step by Step w/pics - Bear Proofing Trash Cans 1.0 REVISED
Post Posted: Jul 8, 2010 5:26 pm 
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EDITED 6/7/14 It seems all the original pics were lost in the Image Shack transition, so I have just uploaded them all again and revised the instructions.

Here's how they were bear proofing cans in Granby. We had one of the workers that did this all summer long there get ours done.

So far, so good.

These are pictures of TWO different type of trash cans at the time. The first was Mountain View Waste and the second was EDS, now Waste Management.

Get a piece of steel plate, drill some holes in it for screws (we used steel screws)


This is how it looks in action
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This is INSIDE FRONT EDGE OF CAN where the metal place is screwed onto the can.

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Screw the plate to the front of the can, letting it stick up enough to get a carabiner through

This shows the slot needed to be cut in top cover of trash can so metal tab and stick through to lock it
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drop the top and it should slid right over the steel plate
pop a carabiner in

close-up of front edge showing metal tab sticking up through the slot.
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and now the carabiner. NOTE: the hole in the tab that sticks through the slot needs to be right
AT the top of the can so that it is not going to pull up. If a bear can pull it up just a bit,
then the claws can fit under and that is the end of your trash can.

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Some cans are double walled on front side, so you may need to drill holes through the outside layer
to get tool to hold the nuts when you tighten it from the inside. Recommend using lock-tite.

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front view of this can that has different top configuration as well.

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Nice job Wily, though I'm not having problems I may do this as well.

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Same thing with fender washers to support the non plated side.

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Mt View Waste fixed my dumpster a few years ago. They just used plywood to reinforce the plastic lids then ran a metal bar across the top that locks. Unfortunately, the plywood has gotten wet often enough that it is now splintered. I guess I need to call them for a re-do. I will say, it worked. Bears knocked it over a time or two, and jumped on top of it, but didn't get into it after the "fix".

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Very informative. Thanks for the posting.

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I think this should be added to the Mountain Living FAQs forum, and stay there forever and available!

Also the one about the Fawn Alert.

All good info.

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Great info...I hope everyone reads this. Thanks for posting and with pictures...WOW, everyone should "get it" now. Yeah, sure...everyone :hugegrin:

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Why the heck doesn't the Waste Management company makes bear proof containers available?

I'd pay an extra $5/month for it, if I had to!


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I did this when you first posted the "how to" and it has worked!!! I had Mr. Bear come faithfully every morning at 12:00 a.m. and knock my trash over and drag it everywhere. Now for the past 3 weeks he has tried but to no avail. Last Monday, he took the trash can and batted it a couple of times and then pushed it down the hill to the exact spot, staning upright, where the trah guys pick it up. He was a couple of days ahead of schedule as the trash pickup isnt until Thursday morning. I need to train Mr. Bear to come every Wednesday and push it down the hill for pickup on Thursday! :multi:


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Bostongirl47 wrote:
I had Mr. Bear come faithfully every morning at 12:00 a.m. and knock my trash over and drag it everywhere.

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I've been using a ratchet strap looped through the handle and around the axle at the bottom. It seems to have worked so far, though we haven't seen a lot of evidence of attempted entry.

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