Urban Wildlife & Water Conservation

Live smart with urban wildlife

Coquitlam is home to bears and other urban wildlife. These animals sometimes enter our neighbourhoods because they are attracted by garbage.

You are responsible for managing your Garbage Cart and Green Cart so that they do not attract wildlife. Please make sure you:

  • Only put out your Garbage Cart, Green Cart and recycling between 5:30am and 7:30am on your
    collection day.
  • Keep your garbage out of reach at all other times by storing your Garbage Cart and Green Cart in a secure location, such as a sturdy shed.
  • Secure the wildlife clips on your Green Cart when it is not a collection day.
  • Place all food scraps in your Green Cart rather than your Garbage Cart – it gets collected more frequently!
  • Keep your carts clean.
  • Pick ripe fruit from the trees in your yard and remove any unwanted fruit trees.
  • Check your yard for anything that might attract wildlife:
  • Remove bird feeders.
  • Store pet food indoors.
  • Keep your barbecue clean.

If you don’t manage your waste correctly and it attracts wildlife, you could be fined up to $500 under the City’s Solid Waste Bylaw. Also, feeding wildlife – even unintentionally – is against the law in BC.

Residents are responsible for managing their waste correctly so that it doesn't attract wildlife. Failure to do so can result in a $500.00 fine (as outlined in Amendment Bylaw No. 3768, 2006 & Amendment Bylaw No. 4061, 2009 to the Solid Waste Management Bylaw).

For more information, please visit coquitlam.ca/urbanwildlife

Lawn sprinkling regulations (June 1 – September 30)

Water is a valuable resource, and we can all take steps to conserve water, particularly during the warm summer months when water use almost doubles.

To help conserve water, the City enforces lawn sprinkling restrictions. From June 1 to September 30, all residential properties in Coquitlam must use the following watering days and times:

Even-Numbered Addresses

Monday, Wednesday & Saturday
From 4:00am to 9:00am

Odd-Numbered Addresses

Tuesday, Thursday & Sunday
From 4:00am to 9:00am

A healthy lawn only needs one hour of watering a week. Residents installing a new lawn or applying nematode treatment can apply for a Water Exemption Permit.

For more information, please visit coquitlam.ca/H2O or call 604 927 3500.

Pesticide use at home

In 2012, Coquitlam passed a bylaw to regulate the use of pesticides. Many conventional pesticides can no longer be used for lawn and garden beautification and maintenance on residential and City land, even if they are legally allowed for sale. You are not allowed to use pesticides that have active ingredients such as 2,4-D, Mecoprop, Dicamba, Glyphosate, Carbaryl and Malathion.

Please see coquitlam.ca/pesticides for more details and a list of permitted pesticides that are safer alternatives.

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