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IVGID tip: Be bear smart — stash your trash

Taking proper care of your trash can help reduce the number of human-bear interactions at Lake Tahoe.
Courtesy John Peltier |

EDITOR’S NOTE: “Tip of the week” is a periodic feature running in the North Lake Tahoe Bonanza, in partnership with the Incline Village General Improvement District, providing locals with various tips pertaining to the recreation opportunities and services the district provides.

It’s important to “stash your trash” because the majority of Tahoe’s black bears are active year-round.

Animals that are used to accessing human food sources (like garbage) can create public safety concerns and cause other problems.

Here are a few tips to help stash your trash and be bear-smart:

• Stash Your Trash. Store your garbage in a wildlife-resistant trash container. Metal “bear boxes” are the most effective method of trash storage to keep bears away from your home, and they are automatically serviced each week. Wildlife-resistant poly-carts are another great option.

• Lock Your Dumpster. If you live in a complex or HOA with Dumpster service, make sure to properly lock it every time. Alert your property manager immediately if you see any trash problem occurring on site.

• Rinse Your Recyclables. Rinse or clean all recyclable materials with food residue to reduce odors and attraction to wildlife.

• Drop It Off: If you’re leaving town before your scheduled trash day, you can drop off up to seven bags of household trash and recyclables at the Waste Management transfer station at 1200 Sweetwater Road.

Visit http://www.IVGID.org for more information, tips, and the proposed changes to the Solid Waste Ordinance (IVGID Ordinance 1). Solid waste service and ordinance revisions are scheduled for review at the March 12, 2014, IVGID Board of Trustees meeting.

Call 775-832-1100 for questions/comments or contact the 24-hour trash hotline at 775-832-1221 to report a trash problem.

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