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Burning of yard waste in 2009

The burning of yard waste can release particulate matter and other forms of air pollution that can have adverse impacts on health, particularly on days when the air quality is poor. 27  In 2009, almost three-quarters of Canadian households (73%) did not live in an apartment and had a lawn or garden. More than one in ten of these households (12%) reported that they burned yard waste on their property, with Quebec (18%) and New Brunswick (17%) having the highest proportion of households doing this. The burning of yard waste was reported less frequently by households in larger metropolitan centres where the activity is usually banned.

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