Some Boulder bear-proof trash cans have problems

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BOULDER, Colo. -- The requirement for many residents in west Boulder to use bear-proof trash cans went into effect Wednesday.

But there are some issues that need to be addressed before enforcement of the new rule can take place.

Some residents are complaining they can't close the lids.

Some noticed the problems after the cans got banged around and emptied. The lids just wouldn't latch and lock like they're supposed to do.

The manufacturer says the problem is that some of the holes were too tight once the plastic was exposed to the summer heat.

The company is offering to replace any trash can that doesn't work. It's also working with the city to waive any fines for someone who has a defective bear-proof trash can.