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The City of Steamboat Springs City Council has amended its ordinance regarding Wildlife Resistant Trash Containers to ensure the safety of the public and wildlife. The new ordinance, adopted on February 3rd, makes it mandatory that commercial (non-residential) properties use an Approved Wildlife-Resistant Trash Container at all times when the container is outdoors. New requirements go into effect April 1, 2015.
An Approved Wildlife Resistant Container is a container used for the storage of refuse that has been approved for use in the City of Steamboat Springs by the Director of the Department of Public Safety. Current trash containers/dumpsters can be retrofitted with a new lid in order to meet the requirements. Approved containers or retrofits to existing containers will need to be obtained through the various waste management companies in town. All City of Steamboat Springs owned trash containers will be switched over to meet the requirements.
Requirements for residential properties have not changed from the previous ordinance however enforcement will be stepped up. Residential requirements include storing refuse containers (if not Approved Wildlife Resistant) indoors at all times except between the hours of 6:00am and 8:00pm on trash pick-up days.
All commercial properties within the City limits, including properties used for special events and properties that are the site of construction activities, need to follow the new regulations. The Steamboat Springs Police Department will be actively enforcing the ordinance.