Protecting Residents and BearsIntroduced in 2009 and updated in 2015, Port Coquitlam's Solid Waste Bylaw requires residents and businesses to secure their garbage, green waste and other wildlife attractants. Under the bylaw, individuals are responsible for ensuring their property does not attract bears and other wildlife, including coyotes, wolves, cougars, raccoons and skunks.
The bylaw protects our neighbourhoods by helping prevent bears from becoming habituated to human food sources. Bears who find an easy meal from a waste cart, dog food dish or backyard fruit tree will return to these sources again and again, and teach their cubs to do the same. Bears habituated to human food sources can also become aggressive in their search for food, and may have to be killed.
- Read frequently asked questions about the regulations.
- View the complete Solid Waste Bylaw (pdf).
- Learn where and how the bylaw is enforced.
Understanding the Rules
There are two main rules to follow:
- Lock it up: Secure your garbage and green waste by EITHER storing waste containers in a garage, shed or other wildlife-resistant enclosure, OR by installing a wildlife-resistant lock certified by the BC Conservation Foundation (such as Critter Guard or the City's cart locks).
- Set it out: Only set out your garbage and green waste carts on collection day between 5:30 am and 7:30 am (unlock or remove any locks first), and re-secure carts by 7 pm on collection day.
- Keep the City's collection carts on the property.
- Secure wildlife attractants – including garbage, food scraps, beverage containers, barbecue grills, compost piles (composters are exempt), pet food, bird feed, diapers, grease barrels, petroleum products, chemical products and grass clippings – as noted in number 1 above.
- Secure other wildlife attractants as follows:
- owners of fruit trees must immediately remove fallen fruit and pick fruit upon ripening,
- beehives, bird feeders and petroleum products (i.e. grease and motor oil) must be inaccessible to wildlife,
- outdoor refrigerators or freezers must be securely locked or inaccessible to wildlife, and
- wildlife attractants may not be put into compost piles.
Enforcement is directed at areas of high bear activity, including but not limited to: :
- all areas north of Lougheed Highway, and
- areas south of Lougheed Highway that are west of Shaughnessy Street.
Residents can be fined for not securing their waste correctly. Ffines of up to $150 per instance may be issued. It is your responsibility to not attract wildlife.
ContactsAll Bear Sightings - Provincial Conservation Officer Service - 1.877.952.RAPP (7277)
City Waste Collection Services - 604.927.5496
Solid Waste Infractions / Fines - Bylaw Enforcement - 604.927.5440 or