Garbage Dumpster Rental Company Protecting Bears

After a garbage dumpster rental company gained exposure from having a bear hitch a ride in downtown Vancouver, they decided they had a responsibility to do something to protect wildlife.
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Vancouver - British Columbia - Canada

Sept. 24, 2012 - PRLog -- On December 12th, 2011 you may remember an incident with a small black bear in downtown Vancouver.  Right in the middle of downtown beside the Queen Elizabeth Theater, the 18 month old black bear was perched on top of a garbage truck.

They don't know for sure, but the theory is that the bear hitched a ride from a dumpster in North Vancouver.  Then the truck driver noticed when he emptied the dumpster into the back of his truck.

For approximately an hour the bear just sat in the back of the garbage truck while conservation officers made their way to the scene.  Of course a crowd started to form as they weren't accustomed to seeing a bear, let alone one downtown.

Eventually the conservation officers arrived and shot the bear with a tranquilizer.  Ten minutes later the bear started to pass out when he almost fell from the truck onto the pavement below.  Luckily a conservation officer climbed onto the truck to grab him in time.

They ended up taking the bear to Upper Squamish Valley to be released far away from the city.  He really was lucky to survive the ordeal.  Hopefully the bear did not develop a taste for garbage and get drawn back into urban areas.

The trash dumpster rental company involved (, decided to do something to help prevent this situation from occurring again in the future.  They partnered with a dumpster manufacturing company to design a bear-proof dumpster.

The owner of Bret Dougherty is an animal lover and the last thing he'd want to see is a bear getting hurt in a future incident.  When bears have easy access to dumpsters, they can also become too reliant on human food scraps and keep coming back to the dumpsters to look for food. has been operating across the Lower Mainland since 2005.  Covering that wide area means that some of those dumpster and disposal bins are bound to be close to forests.  So it was obvious something needed to be done to eliminate the risk.

With their new business venture it was even more important to deal with this issue.  Along with a partner, Bret recently launched a food waste recycling company .  With food waste from restaurants, cafes, catering companies, offices and elsewhere, it is waste destined to attract wildlife.  There is no way that this kind of waste could be left exposed for animals to get at.  Not only would it create quite a mess, but it would be irresponsible to put wild animals at risk like that.
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Location:Vancouver - British Columbia - Canada
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