Re. “COVID fears spark PoCo poop pileup,” (Tri-City News, Dec. 10)
The latch mechanism and lid on the popular model of bear-proof trash bins are often frozen shut during winter mornings.
Frozen bins may explain the stashes of dog waste bags neatly piled beneath a bin. Be calm, be kind.
I suspect that a foot-activated bin lid would be susceptible to freezing shut too. Perhaps parks operations can spray anti-freeze on the latch mechanism and lid frame to prevent this frequent problem.
Recently, I have noticed tissues and other trash stuffed into the shield on some latch lids. I suspect that some people think that this shield covers a hole to drop items into the bin.
I use a dog waste bag inverted over my hand to protect myself from contamination as I remove this debris from the latch and deposit it into the bin.
Derek Wilson, Port Moody