In 2014, about 32 percent of the 518 calls to Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission about bear interactions in Marion County were associated with bears getting into residents' garbage.

This year, Marion County is teaming up with FWC to provide highly-discounted bear-proof trash cans to residents.

Bear-proof trash cans

Through this Bear Aware program, residents of Marion County can obtain:
- A 96-gallon, bear-proof trash can for only $60 ($180 value).
-64-gallon containers are sold out. Watch the website and county Facebook page (www.Facebook.com/MarionCountyFlorida) for updates on the program.

How can I get one?

Contact Marion County Solid Waste (352-671-8465). Please note that quantities are limited and will be sold on a first-come, first-served basis. 

Why is it important to keep bears out of my garbage?
Trash is the No. 1 bear-attractor in Florida. Bears that become food conditioned are more likely to return to residential areas and cause property damage to get to the food source. They also lose their fear of people and can become a threat. Using bear-proof trash cans helps deter bears from associating your home as a food source.

How is the program funded?
The Bear Aware program is brought to you by the Marion County Parks and Recreation and Solid Waste departments, and funded through a grant from FWC.