For 20 bucks, Joe Sarasua will raccoon-proof your garbage can. Recology gives out Joe’s phone number (650-359-3525) to customers who want to be able to lock their garbage cans. Supposedly, Epsom salts will keep the critters away, but even at dollar-store prices, the cost can add up, and it’s messy. Tying off your bungee cords doesn’t always work, plus it’s a hassle (and you could put an eye out when those suckers snap back on you). So Joe’s little 10-minute garbage can conversion is the way to go. If you’re handy and want to install the locks yourself, Joe will sell you the kit for only $15.