New ordinance looks to keep bears out of trash

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If you leave your trash cans out overnight, be prepared to get a fine. It’s part of a new ordinance passed by the Anchorage Assembly that aims to keep bears out of trash. 

The ordinance targets overflowing cans and dumpsters, fining people who leave their trash unsecured. It requires that people with locked bear-resistant trash containers put them out no more than 12 hours before the day of collection. Regular trash cans can only be put out the day of collection and both kinds must be taken in no later than 9 p.m. the same day.

In addition, the ordinance states: “when not set out for collection, trash containers shall be stored inside a structure or within five feet of the principal (main) structure.”

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