Minden Hills is taking steps to keep wildlife away from the Scotch Line Landfill. Minden’s Committee of the Whole is recommending council approve the purchase of two 40-yard bins to store garbage.

Mayor Brent Devolin says traditionally, people would leave their garbage at the landfill and seagulls and bears would get to it before attendants could. This would lead to litter getting outside the landfill into wooded areas Devolin says people dropping off their waste can leave it in the bins, and with the garbage covered up, it will likely reduce the visits from wildlife looking for a food source.

The total cost of the bins will be just under $20,000 and council will meet later this month to consider the recommendation. Last June, the Ministry of Environment and Climate Change issued a remedial work order to the township, and part of that was making sure household waste was stored properly.