The Ministry of Environment and Climate Change Strategy announced today that open burning is prohibited in the Creston Valley until April 15. This action is in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

As cases of novel coronavirus (COVID-19) in BC continue to increase, the BC Centre for Disease Control recommends implementing measures that help to reduce excess air pollution in populated areas across the province. There is strong evidence that exposure to air pollution increases susceptibility to respiratory viral infections by decreasing immune function. This

means that:

  • Deterioration in air quality may lead to more COVID-19 infections overall,
  • Deterioration in air quality may lead to more cases of severe COVID-19 infections, adding further demand to our healthcare system, and
  • Improvements to air quality may help to protect the whole population from COVID-19 and its potentially severe effects.

Evidence suggests that air pollution from combustion sources is most strongly associated with increased risk of viral infection, particularly vehicle emissions and biomass burning.

The Creston Landfill will be accepting yard and garden waste for free during April including:

  • hedge clippings
  • weeds and shrubs
  • shrub and tree branches less than 15 cm (6”) in diameter, up to 2.5 m3, or what can fit in a pick-up truck bed.

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