Trash can entangle,
choke, and starve wildlife. This week we’ve been suggesting tips for disposing garbage to lessen harm to animals. Yesterday we talked about twine and fishing line . For our fourth and
final tip, we turn to trash bins.
Tip #4: Wildlife-Proof Your Trash Bin
If you live in
the city or suburb, you’ve probably awoken to the scratching of paws amid the
clatter of trashcan lids. How can you keep raccoons and other critters from rummaging
through your potentially harmful garbage?
the more redolent the rubbish, the better. The Humane Society suggests discouraging scavenging by minimizing odors, washing and
rinsing all food containers. That includes plastic food
wrap, which you should always keep in closed bags or containers.
Never leave trash
bins unopened. For extra security, strap lids with a bungee cord tied to the
handles. Better yet, cart out trash the morning it’s collected rather than the
Bearicuda sells wildlife-proof trash receptacles, including a Varmint Vault that keeps out small animals, like raccoons, chipmunks, and squirrels. The
Vault features an automatic latching mechanism and a tough, durable body made of up to 50 percent recycled materials.
Melissa Pandika is an editorial intern at Sierra and a graduate journalism student at Stanford University. Her interests include environmental health
and justice, urban environmental issues, and conservation
biology. She has a soft spot for cetaceans.