Proper disposal of invasive plant waste is vital in preventing further infestations from popping up. Click on the drop down menus below to learn more!
Disposing of your Invasive Species Garden Waste
Dead-head and properly dispose of invasive plant seeds, seed heads or fruit prior to flowering and seed maturity
Bag all invasive plants in transparent bags and bring to the landfill or transfer station up to a maximum of 1.5 m3 free of charge or place the debris in your household garbage for curbside prick up, note please check with your municipality on guidelines/fees around curbside pick up.
All landfills and transfer stations within the RDCK and RDKB accept invasive plant species for free. Please note that limits noxious weed disposal to Class 1&2 facilities but doesn’t allow at Class 3. Ensure your material is bagged in clear plastic bags and notify the attendant that you have invasive plant species. Plants must be identifiable through the bag. For more information please see the RDCK Resource Recovery Bylaw
Noxious weeds cannot be placed in organics curbside collection bins, or mixed in with yard and garden waste.
Do not dump garden waste in public parks, natural areas, and roadsides, it is ILLEGAL to do so and is associated with hefty fines.
Avoid putting invasive plants in your compost, as they often quickly re-establish.
Disposing of Large Loads of Invasive Species in the RDCK
Loads greater than 1.5 m3 of Invasive species should be disposed at Landfills only.
When bagging large quantities of invasive species is impractical, alternative methods of containing loads may be applied with prior approval.
People wishing to dispose of significant loads of Noxious Weeds and/or applying alternative methods of containing the weeds must be preapproved by the RDCK admin at 250.352.8161 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to review their processes and get approvals.
Knotweed can only be effectively controlled with chemical control – unfortunately digging, cutting, burning or other methods have proved to be ineffective and actually can contribute to its spread, it can spread from very small fragments of its roots and stems! Mechanical control and transporting knotweed plant materials is not recommended.