Close

City of Burnaby actions on COVID-19

 > Home > City Services > Garbage & Recycling > Bear Area

City Services

Was this page helpful? Yes | No

Bear Area

Bear sightings and interactions have previously been reported in some areas of Burnaby. To reduce the presence of bear attractants and address public concerns of human-bear conflicts, the City has designated a Bear Area.

The designated Bear Area includes areas adjacent to Burnaby Mountain, Burnaby Lake, Deer Lake, Robert Burnaby Park and other parklands. Click the map icon below to see/download a larger version. You can also view the Bear Area boundaries on BurnabyMap (select the following map layers: Geographical Features > Environmental > Bear Area Boundary).

Bear Area Map Thumbnail 
Download larger map »

Map updated May 2020. Please note that there may be future changes to the designated Bear Area boundaries.

Bear Area Requirements 

  • Single and two-family properties within the Bear Area must set out their waste receptacles after 5:30am on collection day, and remove their waste receptacles by 8pm on collection day. Securely store waste receptacles within your property outside of collection days. 
  • Multi-family properties within the Bear Area must set out their waste receptacles after 5:30am on collection day, and remove their waste receptacles on collection day. Multi-family properties are also required to store garbage, yard waste, food scraps and recyclable materials in bear-resistant receptacles or store all garbage receptacles, green bin receptacles and recycling receptacles in a bear-resistant enclosure on the property.
  • Industrial, commercial and institutional properties within the Bear Area must store all garbage, yard waste, food scraps and recyclable materials in bear-resistant receptacles or store all garbage receptacles, green bin receptacles and recycling receptacles in a bear-resistant enclosure on the property.

Bear Encounters

If you observe a bear in an urban area, report the sighting to a BC Conservation Officer at the 24 hour, toll-free call centre: 1-877-952-7277

Learn More

Frequently Asked Questions

View the frequently asked questions below for answers related to how this bylaw change affects you. If you have additional questions that haven't been answered here, please email solidwasteandrecycling@burnaby.ca or call 604-294-7972. 

General Questions:

Single and Two-Family Properties:

Multi-Family Complexes:

Industrial, Commercial and Institutional Properties:

Need Help?

Recycling, Garbage & Green Bin
Staffed Information Line:
604-294-7972
Monday-Friday 8:00 AM - 4:45 PM
24-Hour Touch-tone Information Line: 604-294-7089
Email: solidwasteandrecycling@burnaby.ca
BC Recycling Hotline: 604-RECYCLE (732-9253)
Download Burnaby's Collection App

Download Burnaby's
Collection App

  • Single Family Curbside Collection & Schedule

    Single Family CollectionMoreLearn what we pick up, and get a collection schedule.
  • Multi-Family Collection

    Multi-Family CollectionMoreLearn about recycling & garbage services for multi-family complexes.