Eco-Friendly Weed Control Returns for the Season

June 26, 2019

Courtenay’s environmentally-friendly foam and heat-based weed control is back out on the roads for another season.

The Foamstream system has been used in the City since 2016. The treatment leaves a soupy, foamy residue behind that dissipates over several hours. This foam is non-toxic to the environment, people, and pets.

In addition to destroying existing weeds, the system kills the seeds and prevents them from germinating, making it more difficult for weeds to re-establish themselves in treated areas. The system also reduces the potential for repetitive stress injuries, or damage from flying debris compared to traditional weed removal methods.

Controlling weeds also extends the life of city infrastructure. Weeds growing through asphalt and concrete can cause major damage if left unchecked. Proper maintenance reduces future repair and replacement costs. Courtenay has made asset management a central priority in its overall strategic planning and operations. 

The foam is made from natural and sustainable plant oils and sugars derived from potatoes, maize, wheat and rapeseed oil.  All materials used in the manufacturing process are non-GMO and from sustainable sources.

For more information, please contact City of Courtenay Public Works at 250-338-1525 or email