Spring Burning – What you Need to Know

The City of Castlegar reminds residents that open burning of yard and garden waste is prohibited within the City.

With the weather warming up, residents are cleaning up their yards. The City of Castlegar’s Open Burning Bylaw does not allow the burning of yard waste, garbage, construction or demolition material. The City can issue $500 fines for burning yard waste.

The City provides two options for grass, lawn and hedge clippings, flowers, weeds, leaves, vegetable stalks, shrubs, and branches.

Option 1 - Curbside yard waste pick-up

  • May 25 in North Castlegar and May 26 in South Castlegar

Yard waste bags are available free of charge from City Hall and Civic Works. We ask that residents only take 1 bunch of bags per household. For more information visit the City’s website at castlegar.ca or call 250.367.7227.

Instructions: Bags must be tied off with compostable twine. Garbage cans with lids may be used as long as the containers are identified as having yard waste inside and weigh no more than 23 kg per container. Tree prunings must be bundled with compostable twine. Individual bundles can be no longer than 1 metre in length and 0.5 metre in diameter. Maximum allowable branch diameter is 75 mm. Non-compostable bags will not be accepted.

Option 2 - Drop-off

If you cannot wait for the pick-up, please take these items to the City’s yard waste composting facility at the north end of the Castlegar & District Recreation Complex at 2101 Sixth Ave. *Please ensure you follow all COVID-19 guidelines when visiting the facility.

Open Burning Bylaw

Consideration may be granted for the fire smarting of difficult-to-access properties; however, site visits and permits are required in these instances. 

The Open Burning Bylaw does not apply to campfires on private property. Campfires must be:

  • Contained and no larger than 1 metre wide x 1 metre long x 1 metre high;
  • Burning only clean, dry campfire wood (no demolition, construction, garbage, yard, garden, grass, leaves); and
  • A safe distance away from structures, fences, overhangs including trees as well as City easements or utility right of ways.


For More Information:

Castlegar Fire Department


250 365 3266



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