Pesticide program extended for another year
By Matthew Hoekstra – Richmond Review
Published: September 23, 2013 4:00 PM
UPDATE: Staff's recommendation was not supported by public works committee members and the program has been extended for one year.
ORIGINAL STORY: City of Richmond bylaw enforcement officers have yet to issue a single ticket to violators of a four-year-old bylaw that bans the use of pesticides for cosmetic purposes.
Council approved the bylaw in 2009. It came with a budget for enforcement and education—an amount totalling $143,048 this year.
Now staff are recommending budget be cut in half—reducing a focus on educating residents, landscapers and retailers about the bylaw and low-toxicity alternatives to pesticides.