The Town of Newmarket, Ontario has passed a bylaw prohibiting the use of cosmetic pesticides.

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York region – Newmarket’s pesticide free bylaw in effect

The bylaw includes all applications of cosmetic pesticides on residential, commercial and industrial lands.

There are exceptions for infestation, noxious weeds, agricultural process and an integrated pest management process for golf courses and lawn bowling facilities, where property owners are encouraged to minimize the use of pesticides, Mr. Sponga said.

It’s a big step when municipalities push way ahead of the curve from Provincial and Federal authorities, and there will be some serious education of staff and residents to ensure this is applied (or not!) appropriately.

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Mike Thomas P.Eng. ENV SP, is the author of UrbanWorkbench.com and Director of Engineering at the City of Revelstoke in the Interior of British Columbia, Canada.