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Sustainable and Effective Disposal of Invasive Plant Material in Metro Vancouver Harris, Alexandra


Globalization has brought about tourism, trade and transport of goods, all of which facilitate the introduction of new species to new spaces. In this paper, I will focus on the region of Metro Vancouver and the matters that lie around the disposal of invasive species. I have identified two potential problems that could be addressed to make invasive species disposal more effective and ecologically sustainable. Information was gathered through academic literature as well as speaking with various invasive species removal companies. I found that in order to ensure that every propagule from the removed invasive plants is destroyed; in depth research needs to be conducted, specifically on the invasive plants of concern in Metro Vancouver. This will help ensure that there aren’t any active seeds in the composted soil. I also found that having a simpler way of communicating the policies of various partners would make disposal more effective.

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