Comox Strathcona Waste Management Service

 

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RECYCLING DIRECTORY

 

The materials for re-use and recycling are listed alphabetically.

Please phone the contact first to ensure that the information is current.
Please note that charges may apply for the listed services.
This directory does not constitute endorsement of any organization.


For information not listed in the directory, please phone the Comox Valley Regional District (CVRD) at 250-334-6016, or toll-free at 1-800-331-6007.

For further information, call the Recycling Council of BC at 1-800-667-4321 or check out their easy-to-use searchable online database which provides answers to the most frequently asked recycling questions and where to take them.This resource is called "Recyclepedia" and is located on the Recycling Councils of BC's (RCBC) website at www.rcbc.bc.ca.

All telephone numbers listed are in area code 250 unless otherwise stated.

CVWMC - Comox Valley waste managment centre - 3699 Bevan Road, Cumberland
CRWMC - Campbell River waste managment centre - 6700 Argonaut Road

All telephone numbers are in area code 250 unless otherwise stated

Aluminum foil
/containers

CSWM recycling depots
• Must be clean with no food residue

Anti-freeze

• Regular household quantities only can be returned to CVWMC and the CRWMC.

Appliances

Scrap metal can be returned to CVWMC or CRWMC. $15 fee for appliances with freon.
Check with thrift stores for appliances in working order.

Asbestos

• Not accepted at CVWMC or CRWMC.
• Canadian Waste will haul to the Hartland Landfill in Victoria 286-6311
• Hazco will accept in Vancouver. Waste approval application process must be completed.
Charges apply 250-338-1924 / 1-800-667-0444

Asphalt

• Check with CVWMC by calling 334-6016.

Auto Wreckers

• Check the Yellow Pages for "Automotive Wrecking & Recycling"

Batteries
– Automotive

All waste managment centres accept all kinds of lead-acid and alkaline batteries.
• CVWMC and CRWMC

Batteries
– Household

For a current list of participating drop locations, visit www.call2recycle.ca. Also resident can drop off lead-acid and alkaline batteries to CVWMC and CRWMC.

Batteries
– Rechargeable

For a current list of participating drop locations, visit www.call2recycle.ca

Beverage
Containers

• Refund at point of purchase
www.encorp.ca

Books/Music

• Check with local thrift stores and used book stores
• The Friends of the Vancouver Island Regional Library collects books (Comox and Courtenay branches) to sell as a fundraiser. Please call first regarding large quantities 334-3369 www.virl.bc.ca
• Please do not put books in recycling bins unless the spines have been removed and pages are loose

Bottle Depots

• Please note: there is no refund on containers from milk, milk substitutes e.g. soymilk, soup or meal replacements. www.encorp.ca
• Comox Return Centre 339-0059
• Courtenay Return Centre 338-6013
• All liquor stores and beer and wine stores

Building
Materials

• Habitat for Humanity ReStore – call for details www.habitat.org 334-3784

Bulbs, fluorescent and Bulbs/Ballasts

• Both the CVWMC and CRWMC.
• London Drugs locations
• Central Builders - 610 Anderton Ave. Courtenay

Car seat How to recycle a car seat

Cardboard

CSWM recycling depots

Carpet

• Habitat for Humanity ReStore if in excellent condition 334-3784
• Comox Strathcona waste management centre for disposal 334-6000

Cell Phones

• Rogers Plus (Video) 1599 Cliffe Ave, Courtenay
• Tom Harris Cell Phones 334-4664
• search for other locations: http://www.recyclemycell.ca/search/find.php

Cement
& Concrete

• CVWMC or CRWMC - refer to fees and charges.

Christmas Lights

For the disposal of Christmas lights refer to the LightRecycle website www.lightrecycle.ca.and RCBC Recycling Christmas Lights.pdf . Lights are accepted at both CVWMC and CRWMC in the scrap metal bin.

Christmas Trees

Environmentally friendly ways to dispose of your Christmas tree.

Cleaning Supplies

Household hazardous waste can be returned to CVWMC or CRWMC.

Clothes Hangers

• Check with local thrift stores and dry cleaners

Clothing
– Consignment

• Check the Yellow Pages for current listings

Clothing
– Donation

• Check thrift store listings
Clothesline drop box locations - Canadian Diabetes

Composters

• Available for purchase at local garden centres and hardware stores.

Computer
Equipment

• A province-wide end-of-life electronics recycling program is now available to BC consumers and businesses. You can drop off regulated products at designated collection sites without charge, and be assured they will be recycled responsibly. For more information, visit www.electronicsrecyclingbc.ca.

Construction
Waste

• CVWMC and CRWMC - refer to fees and charges.

Cooking Oil

At the household hazardous waste drop off location:
CRWMC hours or CVWMC hours

Pre-1990
drywall and
gypsum

• In mid-2011, New West Gypsum, the only recycler of gypsum in BC, was mandated by WorkSafeBC to update its asbestos exposure plan pertaining to pre-1990 gypsum wallboard products. The CSWM service had developed best practice procedures that reasonably minimizes waste management centre (landfill) workers exposure to asbestos contained in drywall. For more for information on the safe disposal of gypsum or pre-1990 construction, visit: Worksafe BC, BC Hazmat

Drywall

• Habitat for Humanity ReStore (full sheets only) 334-3784
• CVWMC and CRWMC - refer to fees and charges.

Electronic
Equipment

• A province-wide end-of-life electronics recycling program is now available to BC consumers and businesses. You can drop off regulated products at designated collection sites without charge, and be assured they will be recycled responsibly. For more information visit: www.electronicsrecyclingbc.ca.

Engines,
Automotive

• Can be taken free of charge to landfill but must be drained of all fluids
• Check scrap metal dealers and auto wreckers

Eyeglasses

• Check with local opticians. Most participate in programs which provide glasses to developing countries.

Fill

• CVWMC and CRWMC - refer to fees and charges.

Fire alarms

Fire alarms are part of Product Care program, however, they are not to be returned to the Bottle Depots. The following site provides up to date locations that accept fire alarms: http://www.productcare.org/Smoke-Alarms.

Food

• Comox Valley food bank (non-perishables only) 338-0615

Freestores

• Freecycle – www.freecycle.org

Furniture

Check with local thrift stores and second hand stores or emergency shelters.

Gasoline,
Pesticides,
Solvents

Household hazardous waste can be returned to CVWMC or CRWMC.

Glass

CSWM MMBC-approved recycling depots

Glasses (Eye)

• Most optometry offices – please call first

Grass
Clippings
&  Leaves

• CRWMC and CVWMC
• City of Courtenay – curbside pickup www.courtenay.ca
• Town of Comox – curbside pickup www.comox.ca
• Village of Cumberland -curbside pickup www.cumberland.ca

Household
Hazardous
Waste

Some household hazardous waste items are accepted during specific hours at the Campbell River and Comox Valley waste management centres. Please call 250-334-6016 for more information about hours and acceptable items.

Hot Water
Tanks

Remove insulation if possible
• CVWMC and CRWMC

Household
Goods

• Check with local thrift stores

Insulation

• Habitat for Humanity ReStore – new insulation only – www.habitat.org 334-3784
• CVWMC and CRWMC - refer to fees and charges.

Junk Mail

• Refuse it by putting a note in your mail box saying: “No unaddressed admail please” -- otherwise recycle with newspapers

Mattresses

• Check with local thrift stores
• CVWMC and CRWMC - refer to fees and charges.

Medicines,
Antibiotics,
Needles

A province-wide Medications Return program is available to BC residents. You can return unused or expired medications to pharmacies  without charge  for safe  disposal.  For more information, visit www.medicationsreturn.ca  

Metal

• CVWMC and CRWMC - refer to fees and charges.

Milk cartons
and jugs

Rinse out your milk cartons and jugs and recycle them at the Encorp Return-It depot. You won't receive deposit money for them but by doing this you will save an incredible amount of space in your garbage can and help keep these cartons out of the landfill. Plastic milk jugs are also accepted in curbside recycling collection programs.

Check out www.encorp.ca for more details.

Newspapers,
Magazines

Includes flyers, inserts, catalogues, phone books & household stationery
• accepted in curbside pick-up programs
CSWM recycling depots

Office Paper

CSWM recycling depots – household quantities only – not for businesses
• accepted in curbside pick-up programs
• Town of Comox curbside blue bag recycling
• See also “Recycling pick-up services” in this guide

Oil Motor & Filters

• accepted at both CVWMC and CRWMC.

Oil Tanks

• N.I. Tank and Oil Service (removal) 339-2649

Paint
& Paint Care
Products

• Comox Return Centre – household quantities only
www.productcare.org 339-0059
• Habitat for Humanity ReStore (call to confirm) www.habitat.org 334-3784
Household hazardous waste can be returned to CVWMC or CRWMC.

Paper
Shredding

• Check Yellow Pages for paper shredding listings.
• Can be placed in paper bag recycled at CSWM recycling depots.

Pesticides

Household hazardous waste can be returned to CVWMC or CRWMC.

Plastic
Containers

• accepted in curbside pick-up programs
CSWM recycling depots

Plastic
Grocery
Bags

• Refuse them at the check-out and start collecting sturdy shopping bags for reuse.
• CSWM MMBC-approved recycling depots

Printer
Cartridges

Check Yellow Pages listing for updated information.
• Island Ink-Jet Systems 897-0067
• Island Technologies 334-3825
• Ink in a Wink 898-7055
• Staples Business Depot 334-8357

Propane
Tanks

• CVWMC and CRWMC – no charge. Beside bulk-metals bin 334-6016

Recycling
Pick-Up
Services

Charges apply. Please call for information.
• Elements Recycling Services (business & residential) 339-0740
• Journey Program – office paper 338-5884
• 1-800-GOT-JUNK (1-800-468-5865)

 

Refillables

• Samson’s Eco Clean – refills for cleaning supplies, toiletries, etc. Most items are septic safe and concentrated 897-1500

 

Refrigerators

Most scrap metal dealers will accept appliances. Check with Thrift store locations if the appliance is in working order.

Salvage

• For salvaged building materials, try Habitat For Humanity ReStore 334-3784

Scrap
Metal

• accepted at CVWMC and CRWMC.

Soil,
Contaminated

Not accepted

Styrofoam

• CSWM MMBC-approved recycling depots

Telephone
Books

• CVRD newspaper recycling bins
• City of Courtenay curbside blue bag
• Town of Comox curbside blue bag
• Telephone directory companies may offer recycling incentives for school programs. Phone local school to see if they are participating

Tetrapak

• Beverage containers only. Refunds available at point of purchase and at bottle depots.
• Dairy, soy and meal replacement Tetrapaks can also be recycled (no refund) at Courtenay Bottle Depot

Thrift
Stores

Check Yellow Pages listings.

Tin Foil
& Tin Cans

• accepted in curbside pick-up programs
CSWM recycling depots

Tires

• Check with local tire stores - most charge a recycling fee when purchasing new tires.
• accepted at CVWMC and CR

Toxic
Materials

Household hazardous waste can be returned to CVWMC or CRWMC.

Toys

• Check with local thrift stores

Wood
/building
materials

• Habitat for Humanity ReStore 334-3784

Wood
& Yard
Waste

• Pacific Woodwaste 897-2128 Yard Waste
• CVWMC and CRWMC
• accepted in curbside pick-up programs

Wrapping
Paper

• CSWM MMBC-approved recycling depots
• Consider wrapping gifts in fabric bags or re-usable gift bags.

 

 

 


CRWMC = Campbell River waste management centre

CVWMC = Comox Valley waste management centre

 

BC RECYCLING HANDBOOK 2015