Discovered in London in November 2006 on a few properties, the Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) poses a significant risk to about 20,000 trees in our yards and city streets. It also poses a serious risk to about 10 per cent of all trees in natural areas.
The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) announced on November 6, 2007 that all of Middlesex County, including the City of London, has had a "Ministerial Order" issued to help slow the spread of the Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) effective immediately. Property owners and residents in Quarantine Zones face strict restrictions on the movement of ash and firewood to help mitigate the spread of the beetle.
What does this new Ministerial Order mean to me?
The Ministerial Order applies to any area within the boundaries of Ontario that are currently under a Quarantine Notice issued by CFIA, an agency of the Federal Government. . If you are one of these properties, then the Ministerial Order applies to you. Much of South Western Ontario falls under this Quarantine area. The actual boundaries of the Quarantine area can be checked here at the CFIA website
As a Londoner, what do I need to do differently?
Those properties falling outside of the Quarantine Area can move ash materials or firewood within any part of Ontario, but Ash materials and firewood cannot be taken out of the Quarantine areas. For example, you could transfer firewood by pickup truck to a friend in the Town of Strathroy. You cannot transfer the same materials to a cottage near Thunder Bay.
Where can I bring ash materials and firewood?
City of London residential property owners can bring their ash materials and firewood to the three yard waste processing depots (Oxford St. West EnviroDepot , Clarke Road EnviroDepot and the Depot located at Try Recycling on Clarke Rd). Ash materials will also be picked up if properly package during the curbside collection of yard waste.