With the melting snow and the arrival of spring, it’s time to ensure Whistler’s outdoor areas are clean. By working together as a community and taking simple measures we can reduce the impact of wildfires, protect our environment, and reduce human-bear conflicts.
- Homeowners are encouraged to make sure their properties are FireSmart and to dispose of garden debris responsibly.
- Everyone is invited to participate in the annual Pitch-In Day to remove litter from roadways.
- Dog owners are reminded to pick up dog waste.
- Residents and visitors are asked to help keep bears alive by not attracting bears to homes, cars, or businesses.
Dispose of garden debris responsibly
Managing garden debris is an important part of ensuring homes are FireSmart and reducing the impact of wildfire in Whistler.
Homeowners can now dispose of garden debris for free year-round at the Nesters Depot between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m.
Grass, leaves, branches, twigs, weeds and house plants (no pots) are accepted. Please no plastic bags, rocks, wood with paint or glue, plywood or fiberboard. Garden debris can also be dropped off at the Waste Transfer Station in the Callaghan Valley for a tipping fee.
Homeowners can safely burn garden debris for two weeks in the spring and two weeks in the fall by obtaining a permit from Whistler Fire Rescue Service. Burning dates for this spring are April 28 to May 13.
Want more information on making a property FireSmart? Whistler Fire Rescue Service provides free home assessments on all properties in Whistler. During the assessments, firefighters will provide a list of recommendations homeowners can take on their property to reduce wildfire hazards. To arrange a FireSmart assessment, contact Whistler Fire Rescue Service at 604-935-8260 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Learn more about reducing the impact of wildfires in Whistler at whistler.ca/firesmart.
Clean Whistler’s roadways during Pitch-In Day
Participate in the annual Pitch-In Day on Saturday, April 28, and help clean Whistler’s roadways.
Picking up litter along roadways is an important way to protect Whistler’s natural habitats from toxins. Garbage left in ditches is easily blown or washed into creeks, forests, and other sensitive areas.
Each year during Pitch-In Day, hundreds of volunteers, including community groups and local sports associations, gather to clear litter on roads from Emerald to Function Junction. Volunteers focus on the subdivision roads, and Mainroad Contracting clears Highway 99 ditches later in the spring.
For more information contact the Roads Department at email@example.com.
Reminder: Pick up dog waste
Dog owners are reminded to pick up after their dogs and dispose of waste appropriately. Failure to do so could result in a fine of $100.
Compostable dog waste bags are provided at many Whistler parks and trail junctions. Bag it, and bin it.
Learn more at www.whistler.ca/dogs
Secure bear attractants
Whistler is bear country. Bears are awake and several human-bear conflict situations have already occurred this spring.
Reduce your safety risk and help keep bears alive by not attracting them to homes, cars, and businesses. Secure all attractants such as garbage, recycling, compost, dog food, and bird seed, and keep yourself safe by learning what to do in a bear encounter.
Please report all bear activity and encounters in residential areas to the Conservation Officer Service at 1-877-952-7277 or 604-905-BEAR. Early deterrence helps keep bears alive and community members safe.
Learn more at www.whistler.ca/bears.