It's the Law
Since June 1, 2010 the city of Aspen has required residents to utilize bear-resistant containers for "day of" trash pick-up. If you have questions or need help, please call the Aspen Police Department at (970) 920-5400.
If you have a bear-resistant container on order or back-order, but has it has not yet arrived... please keep your receipt! You will not receive a ticket if you have a receipt for your approved bear-resistant container.
Compliant Bear-Resistant Container List
Below is a sampling of compliant bear-resistant containers that have been tested and rated by Living with Wildlife and Interagency Grizzley Bear Committee. These containers below will meet the City of Aspen's Wildlife Protection ordinance for bear-resistant trash receptacles. For more detailed listing, please download the 2010 Refuse Container List, in the next section.
We're trying to prevent bears from having direct access to
trash and human food sources, pictured left. And the Aspen
Police are requiring bear-resistant containers to prevent
access to trash, pictured above.
Inter-Agency Grizzly Bear Committee
The Wildlife Ordinance requires that refuse containers meet IGBC standards. To see the list of IGBC tested and rated containers, with links to retailers, follow this link.