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The key feature is a locking lid designed to thwart the ring-tailed scavengers, which grew fat and sassy by knocking over the old ones, spilling their smelly contents onto the street and feasting on them.
Jim McKay, general manager of solid waste management, said the new bins have been placed at about 300,000 residences, including all of Etobicoke and Scarborough, with another 180,000 still to be delivered.
The verdict so far?
Bins are more likely to be damaged by sharp-toothed squirrels that, in a few instances, have attacked the lids and chewed through the heavy-gauge plastic, he said.
“Today, my green bin was damaged (bent out of shape), probably by the truck’s mechanical arm, so that the lid will no longer close,” he said.
Reports of damage “are very rare, but it does happen,” said McKay, noting that in some cases, the hydraulic arms that pick up the bins squeeze them a bit too hard — usually on new trucks — and require adjustment.
If a bin is damaged, McKay says residents should report it to 311, which will create a report and send a staffer to check it out. If the bin can’t be fixed, it will be replaced on the spot at no charge.
So, what’s your verdict on the new bins? Please let us know.