On February 28, 2019, the Agricultural Waste Control Regulation was replaced by the Agricultural Environmental Management Code of Practice. This page is being updated to be consistent with the new regulation.
Outdoor agricultural burning is carried out to dispose of vegetative debris, clear the land for planting, and control pests, disease and weeds. These activities cause smoky conditions and elevated levels of particulate matter.
If possible find alternatives to open burning. If outdoor agriculture burning is essential on your property ensure that it is completed in a way to minimize the environmental impact and the impacts on neighbours.
Alternatives to open burning
Farmers may want to consider other alternatives to open burning:
- Reducing the size of the materials (such as by chipping) to allow it to be used as mulch or used as a compost material
- Recycling as much material as possible before burning
Things to check before open burning
Before carrying out any burning operation, check:
- To see if burning is allowed in your area
- For any restrictions imposed by local government bylaws
- For pollution concerns
- For fire safety concerns
Best practices for open burning
Open burning to dispose of contaminated material, carcasses, and manure is prohibited in B.C. Burning this material can cause release of potentially harmful contaminants to your health and the health of others.