‘Defeat is not an option,’ Mayor John Tory says of ‘raccoon-proof’ green bin
Striking a Churchillian tone, Mayor John Tory vowed that Toronto’s big new green bins will vanquish the invading army of masked marauders.
“We have left no stone unturned in our fight against the Raccoon Nation,” declared Tory, adding the city consulted an animal behaviourist and tested the new bins in local backyards.
“Defeat is not an option.”
A video of that testing, featuring a cool-jazz score as raccoons try every which way to get into the new bin — and fail — became an instant viral hit after the city released it Thursday morning.
City council will next month consider awarding a $31 million contract to California-based Rehrig Pacific Co. to make compost bins double the size of the current model so they can be hoisted by trucks’ automated lifters.
Instead of the silver latch that raccoons easily pop by knocking over the bin, the proposed new model features a turn-dial that locks the lid closed.
“We are ready. We are armed. We are motivated,” a grinning Tory told reporters.
Suzanne MacDonald, a York University animal behaviourist, put rotisserie chickens in bin prototypes and observed raccoons failing to open all three.