Residents Urged to Stop Backyard Burning in North Cowichan

(North Cowichan, B.C.) – North Cowichan is asking residents to refrain from burning yard debris during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Leaders in health care are exploring preventative aspects to reduce the need for health services so that medications, health care providers, and hospital space are available to those who need it most. With a direct correlation between increased physician visits and respiratory medication use as a result of decreased air quality, the impact of backyard burning on peoples’ health and the health care system at this time is critically important.

“In this unprecedented time our focus as a community needs to be on supporting our health care system and health care workers,” says Mayor Al Siebring. “Backyard burning is known to contribute to poor air quality, which can put many of our most vulnerable population at greater respiratory risk. During this global pandemic, we all need to focus on the greater good of our neighbours and community, and so we’re urging you not to burn at this time.”

Backyard burning is only permitted in North Cowichan in limited circumstances (see Where and When Can Burning Occur?), but those households that do meet the criteria to burn during the March 15 – April 15 spring open burning window are being asked to compost at home, utilize a wood chipper, or take your yard waste, free of charge, to one of the Cowichan Valley Regional District’s (CVRD’s) recycling facilities, which remain open.

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For more information, please contact:
Al Siebring, Mayor
Municipality of North Cowichan
T 250.746.3117
E mayor@northcowichan.ca