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Toter Receives IGBC Certification — Proving Grizzly Bears Are No Match for its Fully Automated, Bear-Resistant Carts

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (May 6, 2020) – The Interagency Grizzly Bear Committee (IGBC) has granted its certification to Toter for its 64- and 96-gallon Bear Tough Carts. The IGBC approval verifies that the commercially available products have met minimum standards related to the amount of effort grizzly bears must expend to access the containers’ contents. During testing, Toter’s bear-resistant carts were filled with food, and food was also rubbed on the carts’ exterior to make their smell desirable to bears — enticing them to attempt access. Toter’s Bear Tough Carts successfully withstood grizzly bear intrusion attempts for one hour without the containers allowing access. 


“Obtaining this certification puts our products into a new category — so we are not just saying this is bear-resistant through the branding, it’s been proven by testing,” stated Jeniffer Coates, Vice President of Product Management. “Our Bear Resistant Carts provide reliability for customers and offer cost-effective solutions for communities seeking to bear-proof their waste management programs.” 


Constructed with Toter’s Advanced Rotational Molding®, the Bear Tough Carts have a rugged rim to prevent chewing, along with a double-walled lid, a beefier handle and hinge, and thoughtfully designed pry points to withstand the claws and jaws of bears. 


Features include:


      Improved routing and collection efficiencies due to compatibility with both fully-automated and semi-automated applications 

      A safe and robust design that makes the carts easy to maneuver, yet extremely difficult for bears to compromise 

      Enhanced strength due to structural capabilities like a Rugged Rim™ and sealed stop-bar journals 

      A ready-to-roll design with the lids, locks, stop bars and bodies all fully assembled upon delivery 

      Updated can lid and edge eliminates pry points and provide a tall protective surface that’s too large for a normal bear’s jaws to grab. 

      Tri-segment hinge improves durability and maintains functionality


Toter’s fully automated Bear Resistant Carts are available in both 64- and 96-gallon sizes. To learn more about Toter’s industry-leading offerings, visit the company’s website at or contact Public Relations Manager Erin Heaney at or 843-995-1322.



Toter is the leading provider of waste and recycling carts to waste haulers and municipalities in North America. Additional products include specialty carts for document management, electronic waste, organics, medical waste and more. Manufactured using Advanced Rotational Molding, Toter carts offer a greater service life than injection-molded carts. Toter is also the only commercial-grade cart available to consumers at retailers nationwide. Toter is a division of Wastequip. Learn more on the web at


About Wastequip

Wastequip is the leading North American manufacturer of waste-handling equipment, with an international network of manufacturing facilities and the most extensive dealer network in the industry. Wastequip’s broad range of waste and recycling equipment, trucks, and systems is used to collect, process, and transport recyclables, solid waste, liquid waste, and organics. The company’s brands include Wastequip, Toter, Galbreath, Pioneer, Mountain Tarp, Cusco, Go To Parts, Amrep, ConFab, and Accurate. For more information, visit