Community

Hogweed okayed for Coquitlam organics bin

Lanny Englund with a Giant Hogweed plant in Coquitlam. - janis WARREN/THE TRI-CITY NEWS
Lanny Englund with a Giant Hogweed plant in Coquitlam.
— image credit: janis WARREN/THE TRI-CITY NEWS

A dangerous and invasive plant known for growing up to 15 feet tall can now be disposed of in the city of Coquitlam's green bins for the current — and future — curbside pick-up program.

Urban forest and parks services manager Lanny Englund said this week that municipal staff have confirmed with the contractor that giant hogweed can be thrown into the green collection bin but only if it is double-wrapped in brown kraft paper bags.

But removing it in the first place presents another set of problems.

To remove the plant, Englund recommends residents hire an expert as the sap from the hogweed stem and hairs can burn and blister skin.

If residents decide to do the work themselves, they should wear protective, waterproof clothing, gloves and safety goggles because, if the sap gets into the eye, it can cause temporary or even permanent blindness.

Currently, the city is monitoring 40 road allowances and parks and 30 private properties where giant hogweed has been known to grow.

In the past seven years, parks staff have nearly eradicated the perennial noxious weed from Rochester Park.

"You have to control it before it goes to seed," Englund said.

• For more information on giant hogweed or other non-native plants in Coquitlam, call the parks department at 604-927-6300 or email parks@coquitlam.ca.

jwarren@tricitynews.com

 

We encourage an open exchange of ideas on this story's topic, but we ask you to follow our guidelines for respecting community standards. Personal attacks, inappropriate language, and off-topic comments may be removed, and comment privileges revoked, per our Terms of Use. Please see our FAQ if you have questions or concerns about using Facebook to comment.

You might like ...

THINGS TO DO: Dogwood Drama feeling festive in new play
 
Search is on for Rotary Exchange applicant in Tri-Cities
 
THINGS TO DO: Make a list, check it twice, then check out some artisan gifts
Judge tosses contempt charges against oil pipeline protesters due to GPS errors
 
SCHOOL DISTRICT 43: Lunch ladies make sure hungry kids get fed in Tri-City schools
 
Rock talk over Coquitlam River biz
New Westminster Mayor Wayne Wright rides off into the sunset
 
Home is where her art is
 
Winter Magic

Community Events, November 2014

Add an Event


Read the latest eEdition

Browse the print edition page by page, including stories and ads.

Nov 28 edition online now. Browse the archives.