Best practices for pesticide reduction
UPdate Summer 2007

“Only those communities that passed a by-law and supported it with education or made a community agreement were successful in reducing the use of pesticides by a high degree (51-90%). Education and outreach programs alone, while more popular than by-laws, are far less effective. We could find none that have achieved more than a low reduction (10-24%) in pesticide use to date. In those communities that used the law as their primary tool, education was still vital to their ability to reduce the use of pesticides, along with effective enforcement and a permitting system that allowed people to apply to use banned pesticides.”

- from The Impact of By-Laws and Public Education Programs on Reducing the Cosmetic/ Non-Essential, Residential Use of Pesticides: A Best Practices Review, March 2004, Canadian Centre for Pollution Prevention and Cullbridge Marketing, full report available at