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Posted on: August 29, 2023

Food waste removal after wildfire – CSRD waste bins

2023-08-27 Dumpster at Ross Creek Store 2

The CSRD is here to support you through this incredibly difficult time. Spoiled and old food can go from being smelly to a health risk in days, and properly cleaning up the food waste on your property should be one of the first things you do.

We ask all CSRD residents to be safe while they clean up.

You do not need another emergency. Work with someone, stay properly hydrated and take rest breaks as needed. Please use plastic garbage bags for all waste. Wear gloves and goggles while you work. If you can, take pictures before and after you clean for insurance purposes. Contact your insurance company before you begin cleaning if you are insured.

Waste Removal Bin Locations

The CSRD has high-capacity industrial garbage bins located at three locations currently:


Celista Fire Department

Ross Creek / Anglemont / St. Ives

Ross Creek Store

Scotch Creek

Scotch Creek Market

Lee Creek 

Pullout on Squilax-Anglemont Road at the “Welcome to the North Shuswap” sign and mailboxes.

Cleaning Tips For Dealing With Fire Damage / Spoiled Food

  • Wear gloves and goggles. Mask as you need. Keep children and pets away and ventilate the area you are cleaning.
  • Smoke odours are difficult to remove. You may need to clean everything several times.
  • Wash fridges/freezers with baking soda, vinegar or ammonia to remove odours.


This is the early days of clean up so please know assistance is still coming. If you are feeling overwhelmed, or that you cannot handle what is happening please call:

Health Unit Crisis Line: 1-888-353-2273

CSRD Support

If you have a question, please contact the CSRD at:

  • CSRD Emergency Operations Information Line: 250-833-3350

7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

We thank everybody for working together and helping each other through this. Any questions, please call us or visit Facebook/Twitter. Take care of yourself. Support others. We will get through this together.

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