The City of Toronto will soon be testing racoon-proof green bin prototypes.
In 2013, city officials put out a request for proposal for a better green bin, after residents continue to struggle with the aftermath left by racoons feasting on food scraps at night. The request sparked Scarborough manufacturer Scepter to ask local industrial designer Simon Treadwell if he could accept the challenge to create a more secure compost bin.
Treadwell designed a larger bin with a double latch to hold it closed. The patented fastener ensures that if the bin is turned on its side or knocked backwards, one or both of the hook latches catch, keeping the lid holding tight to the bucket. The bin only opens if it’s dumped completely upside down, as curbside crews would do on collection days.
The design team performed real-life trials with the new green bins. Using night-vision cameras, they set out bait to lure racoons to the bins. After six nights of efforts, the racoons appeared to have met their match.