Outdoor Burning and Green Waste

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What changes should we make to the outdoor burning rules? Should green waste services be expanded to provide other options for managing waste?

Outdoor burning has been allowed in North Saanich for many years as a way to manage excess green waste. However, there is a growing awareness about the impact of outdoor burning on air quality, and in turn, the impact of poor air quality on human health, particularly for vulnerable individuals including children, the elderly, and people with pre-existing health conditions. There is also a growing awareness that outdoor burning contributes to the emission of greenhouse gases (GHGs).

What changes should we make to the outdoor burning rules? Should green waste services be expanded to provide other options for managing waste?

Outdoor burning has been allowed in North Saanich for many years as a way to manage excess green waste. However, there is a growing awareness about the impact of outdoor burning on air quality, and in turn, the impact of poor air quality on human health, particularly for vulnerable individuals including children, the elderly, and people with pre-existing health conditions. There is also a growing awareness that outdoor burning contributes to the emission of greenhouse gases (GHGs).

Please review the information on this page, ask questions, and fill out the survey by August 17, 2020. See survey link below.

  • This survey takes approximately 6 minutes to complete.

    The District is considering what changes to make to the rules for outdoor burning and whether to expand green waste drop-off service or change the fees.

    The survey is intended to raise awareness of the health and environmental impacts of outdoor burning and gather feedback about the community's level of support for changing the outdoor burning rules and green waste drop-off service levels.

    If you have questions while completing the survey, please review the FAQs on the project page.

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