BOULDER, Colo. (CBS4)– The Boulder City Council is expected to take a final vote Wednesday evening on new rules to help protect both bears and people.

The proposal includes bear-proof trash cans for some neighborhoods in Boulder, those west of Broadway. Those who ignore the rules would face stiff fines.

The meeting begins at 6 p.m. in Boulder.

Some residents are expected to express their opposition to the new rules because it means they’ll have to pay more money for those trash cans.

Those specialized trash cans are designed to keep bears out. They can run $150-$260 a piece or rent for about $3 to $5 a month.

Even though the trash cans cost money the fines are even steeper. Not adhering to a neighborhood trash can ordinance could cost up to $100 but with the new rules in place those fines could be as high as $250.


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