Garbage & Refuse

Wildlife Resistant Containers

In an effort to limit animal/human interactions and to protect the local wildlife, the City of Manitou Springs enacted the Wildlife Ordinance, more commonly referred to as the “Bear Smart” Ordinance. Trash containers MUST be secure from wildlife at all times (garbage must be stored in wildlife-resistant containers or kept in a secure location which is inaccessible to wildlife). No person shall intentionally or unintentionally feed or provide food in any manner for wildlife on either public or private property within the city limits. All collection bins shall be kept closed and secured when waste is not being deposited.

The consequences for allowing wildlife to penetrate trash containers are as follows: 

First Offense – warning. 

Subsequent Offenses - a mandatory court appearance with fine.

Municipal Code Section 6.24 - Litter and Weed Control


Containers used shall have a close-fitting cover and when used for storage of litter shall be watertight, maintained in as clean a condition as possible and contents must be emptied at least once a weekly or more frequently if health or sanitary conditions demand.

Litter means all waste material, including animal and vegetable wastes, garbage, rubbish, ashes, dead animals, offal, droppings, abandoned machinery, electronics or appliance including parts therefrom, paper wrappings, cigarettes, cardboard, tin cans, yard clippings, leaves, branches, wood, waste building materials, glass bedding, crockery, household furnishings and all other similar materials.

Municipal Code Section 6.24 - Litter and Weed Control