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Solid Waste Bylaw Regulations
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Protecting Residents and Bears

Introduced 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.

Understanding the Rules

There are two main rules to follow:

  1. 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).
  2. 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.
Additionally, the bylaw indicates property owners and occupiers must:


The Solid Waste Bylaw requires ALL residents and businesses to secure wildlife attractants at all times.

Enforcement is directed at areas of high bear activity, including but not limited to: :
The City’s bylaw enforcement officers and program ambassadors are monitoring these areas for compliance with the bylaw.

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.


All 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
Email bylawservices@portcoquitlam.ca

Last Updated:12/9/2016 1:37:15 PM