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Lake County rolls out bear-resistant garbage cart program

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Tavares Florida —

The following news release was provided by ELISHA PAPPACODA; Public Information Officer Lake County Florida.

Lake County is rolling out its bear-resistant garbage cart program, with approximately 840 specialized carts available for county residents living in areas with the most reported human-bear interactions.

“The distribution of carts is timely, as bears are most active during the fall months,” said Mary Hamilton, Environmental Services Manager. “While these carts will be very helpful to those living in areas with large populations of Florida black bears, such as Astor and Royal Trails, it is still important for all residents to be bear-wise and practice the safe disposal of trash.”

The carts, purchased through a $200,000 Florida Fish & Wildlife (FWC) grant, are available at a discounted price of $40, and can be purchased on a first-come, first served basis for affected residents. Solid Waste staff will deliver the new cart in exchange for the resident’s existing county trash cart.

To request a bear-resistant trash cart, residents may call Lake County Solid Waste at 352-343-3776.

Residents should be aware of their surroundings to avoid potential conflicts with bears, and follow Lake County’s ordinance that requires trash to be kept secure. To keep bears away from homes, follow these tips from FWC:
• Secure household garbage in a sturdy shed, garage or a bear-resistant container.
• Put household garbage out on the morning of pickup rather than the night before.
• Protect gardens, beehives, compost and livestock with electric fencing.
• Encourage your homeowners’ association or local government to institute ordinances on keeping foods that attract wildlife secure.
• Feed pets indoors or bring in dishes after feeding outdoors.
• Clean grills and store them in a secure place.
• Remove wildlife feeders or make them bear-resistant.
• Pick ripe fruit from trees and remove fallen fruit from the ground.


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Joe MCDonald Sr
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Joe MCDonald Sr

At $40 per can. Some of us Seniors cannot afford that. Let the Bears eat the food. And scatter the garbage. Way to go Lake County! Way to help!

Dana
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Dana

That’s Right $40.00 Lot of money for people on FIX INCOMES

Tom Cad
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Tom Cad

Can’t afford it yet these are the same seniors driving around in New Cadillacs and Town Cars blowing their ss and pension checks on lottery tickets and bingo. Sorry you might have to use some of that money you get each month on others things.

Jeanne Jain
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Jeanne Jain

The delivery fee is $40. The county has stated in the past low-income residents could have that fee reimbursed.

Dana
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Dana

HOW do you get reimbursed????

Jeanne Jain
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Jeanne Jain

It is NOT okay for the bears to get into and scatter the garbage and it is irresponsible to say that. All residents must secure their trash. The Lake County Commission passed an ordinance that REQUIRES residents to remove food attractants such as unsecured garbage last year. If some seniors that live in an area frequented by bears sincerely cannot afford the $40 for a bear proof trash can, our group of Florida black bear defenders can surely find a way to help with the cost.

Penny Colburn
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Penny Colburn
The trash IS secured with heavy duty straps and yet they still get into the container. They literally bend the lid of the container to get to it and thus your container no longer closes properly. My husband goes to work at 3:30 in the morning. He has to leave the straps on because without them, I have to go out early to clean my trash out of my neighbors yards. I have had several shoulder surgeries, so there are quit a few times I can’t even get them off and if you don’t remove them, they will not pick… Read More »
Jeanne Jain
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Jeanne Jain

Penny…Are you referring to the new bear resistant trash cans that were just delivered this fall or the retrofitted older ones?

Penny Colburn
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Penny Colburn

We never got a new bear resistant container or a retrofitted older can. When we received our containers originally from the county, all the choices we were given was a small, medium, or large recycling bin. Never been given an option on bear containers. Since getting these containers, I can’t count the number of times we have had to go around and collect garbage from the neighbors yards and ours.

Jeanne Jain
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Jeanne Jain

As I stated previously, you have to request one of the new bear resistant trash can from the county.

Penny Colburn
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Penny Colburn

We were never given or asked about any bear secure garbage containers, new or retrofitted older ones. What they did have at the time were 225.00. Who could afford that?

Jeanne Jain
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Jeanne Jain

Penny…This was decided at your county commission meetings. A grant from the FWC paid for the cans. You have to request the bear resistant trash can, first come, first serve. The phone number to call is posted in the article. The delivery fee is $40. The county has stated in the past low-income residents could have that fee reimbursed. Hope this helps.

Peter J. Perry
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Peter J. Perry

Agreed!!

A Bear
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A Bear

Poor starving bears will need to learn how to open these new containers. We must eat too you know!

Cherie C
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Cherie C

I think $40 is a little too steep. The old cans will be exchanged for this one? So does that mean if we pay for the New one, that it is OURS then?

fluffdragon
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fluffdragon

You actually pay for the old one in your monthly bill, and they never belong to you.

Marlene ford
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Marlene ford

Little bit costly for some of us..Way to go Lake County..

fluffdragon
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fluffdragon

$40.00 is too much??? Geez, I don’t have any kind of cable TV, and the only shopping I can afford since I am retired is for food, but I will contact Lake County to see if they have some sort of fund for the extremely poor and destitute, and I will donate $40.00, so someone can have a bear proof can.

Jeanne Jain
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Jeanne Jain

I will also be happy to donate $40 to someone that cannot afford the bear proof trash can!

Rebecca DeWinter
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Rebecca DeWinter

This is such a bargain.A regular garbage can usually costs that much or more. These cans are sturdy and will sustain bad weather conditions much better ans will deter other wildlife such as racoons from getting into refuse. This is a small investment to make sure our indiginous Florida black bear population can co-exist with us, without episode. After all, they have lost much of their habitat and food sources.

Kay Haering
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Kay Haering

Get together and run a yard sale. Ask the Boy Scouts or the Churches to collect items and help with a sale. How sad that people can’t appreciate what the Lake County Commissioners have done to protect the wildlife. They have a right to exist, just the same as humans. People sure can complain when a Bear gets in the trash and then it ends up Euthanized for it!