Burn barrels for Compost Bins
You have an opportunity to curb fire risks, improve air quality, and make your neighbors’ lives easier. At no cost to you!
A Wildfire Awareness and Prevention Program sponsored by the Washington Department of Natural Resources (DNR) offer residents of western Clallam Countyan opportunity to dump their burn barrels and get a compost bin, for free! The bins, provided by DNR, can help turn yard waste into free garden fertilizer while eliminating one of the primary sources of wildfires: burn barrels.
Burn barrels also produce significantly more air pollution than open burn piles. For those reasons, the state legislature banned the use of burn barrels in all areas of Washington several years ago; but the barrels continue to be used by many, despite the risks to public health and property.
Clallam County Burn Barrel Exchange:
What: Exchange your burn barrel for a compost bin
When: May 9, 10, and 11 — 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Where: West Waste Landfill, Highway 110, Forks, WA
Contact: Bryan Suslick at (360) 374-2800 or email at email@example.com
By replacing that illegal burn barrel with a compost bin for your yard waste, residents will:
- Produce free, organic fertilizer for their yard and garden
- Reduce harmful air pollution. Smoke from outdoor burning poses serious health risks, much like cigarette smoke. Particulate pollution from smoke may lead to increased incidents of asthma, emphysema, bronchitis, and heart and lung disease.
- Reduce the risk of wildfire. Backyard fires that ‘escape’ are the leading source of wildfires caused by humans, and many of those escapement fires start in burn barrels.
There are a limited number of compost bins available for this program, so residents are urged to act NOW.
DNR is encouraging homeowners, land managers, first responders, developers, business owners, and civic leaders to focus on “Knowing Your Role” when it comes to preparing communities for wildfire. Visit the Fire Adapted Communities website (http://fireadapted.org/) to learn more about defensible space, fire-resilient building construction, community wildfire prevention planning, the Firewise Program, (www.firewise.org) and Ready, Set, Go! (http://www.wildlandfirersg.org/).
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