Comox Strathcona Waste Management Service


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Important Notice about Recycling


Multi-Material BC Packaging and Printed Paper Recycling Program:
Accepted Materials for CSWM MMBC Depot Collection – Effective May 19, 2014

The Comox Strathcona waste management (CSWM) service maintains several non-MMBC recycling depots throughout the region.

Since 2010, several of the depots throughout the region have been discommissioned at the request of the property owners. There are several reasons that business owners have asked for the recycling depots to be removed including:

For more information on the recycling strategy moving forward view the frequently asked questions listed below. A list and maps of where depots are located are located on the website at

* The City Campbell River, the City of Courtenay, Town of Comox and the Village of Cumberland provide curbside recycling  pickup for their residents.

The CVRD contracts out Emterra Services Ltd. for the pick-up of of garbage and recycling in Royston. For inquiries or collection information contact Emterra at 250-336-8066.


THE "POWER OF R" is a local educational program that focuses on the "Five R's" of waste reduction: rethink, refuse, reduce, reuse and recycle. This waste reduction program is an initiative of the Comox Strathcona Waste Management (CSWM) service and forms an important part of our regional solid waste plan.


An easy-to-use searchable online database which provides answers to the most frequently asked recycling questions and where to take them is a resource called "Recyclepedia" and is located on the Recycling Councils of BC's (RCBC) website at

B.C.'s recycling efforts is expanding and the benefits to British Columbians and the environment continue to grow.

As of July 1st, 2012 the Electronic products Recycling Association (EPRA), the Canadian Electricial Stewardship Association (CESA), and B.C.'s LightRecycle program increased the number of products they recycle by adding new items such as video game consoles, GPS devices, power tools, sewing machines and light fixtures to their established and successful recycling programs.

The Outdoor Power Equipment Institute of Canada (OPEIC) will also introduce a new program to recycle electrical outdoor power equipment like lawn mowers and grass trimmers.

Before products listed above may have ended up in the landfills and causing risk for the environment. After July 1, 2012, we are now able to keep more products out of the waste stream, reduce pollution and recover valuable materials such as steel, alumunium, and plastic.

The new expanded recycling programs operate on a non-profit basis. They are funded by an Environment Handling Fee (or a 'recycling fee') on the sale of new products in B.C. to cover program costs such as transportation, collection and recycling.

For more information about eco fees and where to recycle an item, you can use the recycle location finder on the Stewardship Agencies of BC. You can also visit the Recycling Council of BC or download the FREE BC Recyclepedia Smart Phone App.

Small Appliance Recycling Program

Unplugged, the Small Appliance Recycling Program gives British Columbians a new and convenient recycling option for these products. Recycle your old and broken small appliances at one of over 100 unplugged recycling drop-off locations across the province and help reduce pollution, save energy, and protect our environment.

Recycle these items at our non-MMBC recycling depots

and magazines

Includes household stationary, flyers, junkmail. Place loose in the bin.

and boxboard

Remove liners, boxes must be flattened.

Plastic #1-#7

If it doesn't fit in the bin, please don't leave it! Household containers only Rinse well, flatten if possible, discard caps. No styrofoam.

Metal cans

Rinse well, remove label, squeeze shut.
Do not flatten, if possible. Large metal items (non-food grade) can be recycled at the metal recycling bins at the waste management centres.

Please recycle your "return for refund' items to the bottle depots:

Multi-Material BC Packaging and Printed Paper Recycling Program:
Accepted Materials for
CSWM MMBC Depot Collection – Effective May 19, 2014

CVRD website

Reduce waste
by using the
Rethink, Refuse,
Reduce, Re-use
and Recycle:


15% Plastics
household containers marked #1-#7
14% Paper
14% Miscellaneous
7% Metal
10% C&D
2% Glass
1% Each of Beverage containers, household hazardous waste, and electronics