Alternatives to Open Burning

Recent studies have found that 53% of total PM2.5 emissions in the Cowichan Valley resulted from open burning. North Cowichan encourages other means of disposing of yard waste to reduce the volume of fine particulate matter being discharged into the air. In particular, open burning is restricted within the urban containment boundary because these areas have the highest density of homes and businesses that can be adversely affected by smoke.

Instead of burning, North Cowichan encourages you to compost at home, utilize a wood chipper or take your yard waste (year-round, free of charge) to one of these Cowichan Valley Regional District solid waste management and recycling facilities:

For further information: