New garbage cans en route to Tofino

Tofitians can expect to see more garbage bins popping up around town.

While the district hashes out a strategy to convince dog walkers to pick up their pets’ poop, additional garbage bins are en route to stop those who do pick it up from plopping full poop bags on the ground.

Tofino’s municipal council reviewed a letter from Robert and Mara Love on April 14 that suggested full poop bags are becoming commonplace at Chesterman Beach.

The Loves noted new doggie-bag-dispensers have been installed at the beach but these dispensers do not have garbage cans attached.

Coun. Greg Blanchette agreed with the Loves and said garbage bins should go hand-in-hand with bag dispensers.

“They mention in their letter the astounding phenomena of poop that’s actually been picked up in a bag and then the bag has been left or thrown in the bushes,” he said.

“I think it’s important to have, associated with every dispenser, a receptacle as well for full bags.”

Tofino has discussed installing additional garbage bins in the past but has been hesitant to go against its Bear Smart strategy by installing non-bear-proof bins.

The cost of installing one bear-proof bin is roughly $2,000, according to MacPherson.

MacPherson said staff have found a significantly cheaper option and will be installing new non-bear-proof bins designed to prevent bear-attracting garbage from entering.

He said several of these new bins would be installed in the near future but staff is wary that people may begin placing regular garbage around them.

 

andrew.bailey@westerlynews.ca