Invasive species are not to be taken lightly! Invasive species can threaten biodiversity, increase soil erosion, and can even destroy infrastructure like concrete and asphalt.
Please do NOT dispose of any invasive plant by dumping trimmings or pulled plants in your yard, on City property, or elsewhere. Proper disposal is required to help prevent further spread.
What to do if you have invasive species on your property
- Put it in a plastic bag.
- If you just have a little, put in in your curbside garbage cart (the black one). The goal is for it to be buried in the landfill in the bag.
- You can also bring it to the transfer station.
- Do NOT put it in your organics cart or yard waste bags.
What are some invasive plants to watch out for?
The Northwest Invasive Plant Council targets a variety of invasive plants for management. Some examples include:
- Scotch thistle
- Japanese knotweed
- Common burdock
- English ivy
- Giant hogweed
- And many more! See a list of other invasive plants here.
The Invasive Species Council of BC
The Invasive Species Council of BC has information about the many other invasive species that have spread across our province. They also have a Plantwise app to help you choose non-invasive plants for your garden. Visit https://bcinvasives.ca and their sister site http://beplantwise.ca/.
Northwest Invasive Plant Council
The Northwest Invasive Plant Council (NWIPC) formed as a committee in 1992, later becoming a not-for-profit organization in 2004. The NWIPC's goal is to prevent further damage to the ecosystems of the northwest and central B.C. from invasive alien plants. Visit http://nwipc.org/.
Thank you for doing your part to help keep invasive species under control!