Last month it was reported that bears were accessing garbage in Lolo, Montana. It’s a tale repeated across other areas in Montana and the mountain West. Unsecure human garbage is an attractant that puts people and bears in danger by dragging them into a human interface. A fed bear is a dead bear.
It can be expensive to get a bear-resistant container. I checked in to the garbage service in Lolo and it’s $120 per year extra to get a bear resistant container.
There are some cheaper, simple alternatives seen here though.