Backyard burners need permit

NANAIMO - Backyard burning is banned in Nanaimo except if a resident holds a special burning permit available from Nanaimo Fire Rescue.

  • Apr. 13, 2013 7:00 p.m.

Backyard burning is banned in Nanaimo except if a person has a permit.

Burning is only permitted from April to November on Fridays and Saturdays. The person must have the permit on them at all times and only garden refuse and prunings can be burned.

People may not burn household garbage, wooden construction material, stumps or land clearing debris and fires shouldn’t exceed 1.5 metres in width.

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As an alternative to burning yard waste people can take it to the Nanaimo Recycling Exchange, located at 2477 Kenworth Rd., where it will be shipped off and composted into soil. The exchange fee is $5 minimum drop off rate, $10 for a car or van load or $15 for a regular sized truck or trailer load.