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200 ticketed for breaking bear trash law in Boulder

Posted: 2:06 PM, Aug 15, 2016
Updated: 2016-08-15 16:06:04-04
200 ticketed for breaking bear trash law in Boulder

BOULDER, Colo.-- About 200 people have been ticketed for violating the bear ordinance regarding trash in Boulder this summer, city officials confirmed to Denver7.

The ordinance requires all residents in the " secure trash regulation zone " use bear-resistant trash containers and dumpsters.

"If you put your containers outside at any time (even just before pick-up on the morning of collection), the carts or containers must be bear-resistant," the ordinance says.

There are no warnings for violating the ordinance. The first offense is a $250 fine, the second offense is a $500 fine and the third offense is a $1,000 fine.

"The community knew months in advance that this was coming," city spokeswoman Shannon Cordingly told Denver7. "It [the ordinance] was already in effect for part of Boulder, but it was expanded because there were issues in other parts of the city."

About 20 people have appealed their citations.

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