04/06/2015 12:53 EDT | Updated 06/06/2015 05:59 EDT

New, raccoon-resistant green bins could be on Toronto curbs later this year

New green bins could be making their debut on Toronto curbs as early as this year, if city council accepts a bid to manufacture bigger, raccoon-resistant organic waste bins.

The new bins would replace the current Toronto bins, which have been in circulation for 10 years and are at the end of their intended life span.

The Rehrig Pacific Company was selected as the manufacturer with the winning bid after a request for proposals went out.

The new bins focused on increasing size, durability, stability during storms and high winds and locks to keep rodents and raccoons out.

It would cost an approximately $31-million to adopt and roll out the new bins.

If approved by council, the new green bins would be distributed to houses in late 2015 or early 2016.

A comparison of bins