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frugality pests

Raccoons. The infinity war of city life

Now that the city of Toronto has (mostly) solved the raccoon problem for organic waste by adding a built-in twist lock to the lid of green bins…

These fine, clever trash marauders still go for garbage, because that’s where food-contaminated plastic goes.


Without further ado, here’s my (free) solution; a bungee cord with a very small modification for the lid. In particular, you need a bungee cord long enough to wrap (under tension) from the lifting cross-bar in the front to the lid. In addition, use a drill or small screwdriver to take the small holes near the center-front of the lid and make them big enough for the hooks on your bungee cords.

One ironic note: the very next morning when I put the garbage out, the crew threw out my bungee. So that’s a failure mode you have to look out for. Make sure you take it off the morning of garbage collection! Set an alarm if you need to.

Enough words, time for pictures: