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Post-storm wood recovery and upcycling underway

September 2 2015

Crews chipping fallen street trees after a storm

City of Vancouver and Park Board crews continue to clean up damage, debris, and downed trees after the storm that hit the region on Saturday.

The storm knocked down more than 500 street and park trees, including species like flowering plum and cottonwood.

Update on the clean-up

The Park Board’s urban forest team is working through calls on a priority basis.

All arterial roads and blocked side streets were cleared on Monday.

Crews are currently concentrating on trees that have fallen on houses and cars, as well as blocked secondary roads and bike lanes.

Join the clean-up effort and get free drop-off at our Transfer Station

We encourage you to join the clean-up effort.

Remove any fallen branches and limbs on your property, and ensure storm drains and catch basins on the street are clear of any debris.

Small branches and debris

You can dispose of small branches and limbs (under 10 cm thick and 50 cm long), leaves, and other garden debris in your Green Bin.

Larger wood pieces

Need to get rid of larger wood pieces up to 45 cm thick and 2.5 metres long, and other materials that won't fit in your Green Bin? Drop them off for free this weekend at the Vancouver South Transfer Station if you're a Vancouver resident.

If there are potential safety issues with removing fallen trees, branches, or limbs, let us know. Request service with our smartphone app VanConnect or phone 3-1-1.

Learn about VanConnect and download the app

Regular disposal fees will still apply for commercial businesses including landscaping companies.

Spoiled food

You can put spoiled food from fridges and freezers that lost power in your Green Bin or bring it to the Transfer Station for free. Please remove all packaging first.

Use wood recovered from the storm

Here's how you can get wood chips and firewood we recovered from the storm.

Wood chips

Wood chips are available year-round at the south end of the Sunset Arena at 390 East 51st Avenue (entrance off Prince Edward Street). The chips are piled on the ground and you're free to take some at any time.

Larger wood pieces for firewood

Large wood pieces are piled on street boulevards in storm-damaged neighbourhoods, mostly in Hastings-Sunrise and Grandview-Woodlands. Help yourself to the wood, but make sure your vehicle is suitable to haul the pieces intact. Only use chainsaws on your property, not on the boulevard.

By next week, our crews will transport leftover wood pieces to the Spanish Banks woodlot, just west of the Jericho Sailing Centre. To find out when the wood is available, check our @ParkBoard Twitter External website. Again, make sure your vehicle can haul the pieces intact. Driving on the beach and using chainsaws at the woodlot are prohibited.

Wood for carving

Very little cedar suitable for wood carving came down in the storm. Any suitable carving wood will be reserved for First Nations through pre-existing Park Board programs.