Bear-resistant trash cans being provided for 6 New Jersey towns

A free trash can is part of the plan to prevent bear encounters in select towns.

Lauren Due

Apr 18, 2024, 10:06 AM

Updated 37 days ago

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There are some new steps being taken in several New Jersey towns to prevent bear encounters as black bears are emerging this time of year.
The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection says it has secured a contract with a company that will provide nearly 3,000 certified bear-resistant residential trash cans for distribution in Sparta, West Milford, Jefferson, Rockaway, Hardyston and Hampton.
Rockaway will receive more than 400 bear-resistant trash cans.
According to the NJDEP, those are six municipalities with elevated numbers of bear incident reports. News 12 was told those municipalities will receive the trash cans and then they are responsible for distribution.
The trash cans are set to be shipped between May 29 and June 1. Details are expected closer to then.
News 12 wants to help you be bear aware. CLICK HERE for tips to help prevent bears from getting too close to your home.


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