Practices & Innovations

Cart Locks

Contributor: Port Coquitlam (City)
Year: 2015
Category: Excellence in Action
Award Details: UBCM Excellence Award Honourable Mention - Best Practices (Excellence in Action)
Short Description:
Port Coquitlam has designed and patented a wildlife-resistant lock for resident waste carts in order to address ongoing bear issues and create new revenue. Although the City had encouraged residents to secure their garbage and organic carts for many years, bear sightings and interactions had continued to rise as bears found easy meals in unlocked carts. In 2013, Council determined the need for a made-in PoCo solution that would keep bears away while shielding taxpayers from costs. City staff developed a simple but effective clamp that was less expensive than commercial locks, did not need to be drilled into the carts, and was certified by the BC Conservation Foundation. Funding came from the waste cart reserve. Shortly after, 15,300 locks were manufactured and distributed in bear-prone areas, bear complaints significantly declined, several BC and Yukon communities requested information about the project, and two distributors sought sales and licensing agreements.    
Last Reviewed: August 12, 2016, 11:43 am