Businesses small and large have a role to play in keeping wildlife and nearby people safe. Whether it’s maintaining an animal-proof dumpster, ensuring employees understand the importance of not feeding animals or working with local non-profits and governments, there are progressive solutions that will save the animals – and likely save your company money with time.
Keep dumpsters, organic waste and recycling bins closed and secured until they’re needed; then close and secure afterwards.
Spray down dumpsters and the area surrounding them regularly to keep scents that attract wildlife down.
Consider bear-proof containers. You can find links in our resources page!
Many dumpsters have drains on them that are large enough for animals like rats, skunks and squirrels to enter. Unfortunately, skunks can easily get their heads stuck (due to the triangular shape of their skulls). Simply soldering an X on the mouth of the drain can help prevent larger animals from entering or getting stuck in these.
Talk to your municipality, province or state about programs that may be available in your area to help reduce costs or mitigate wildlife concerns through coexistence measures.