Euthanized Animals

The Comox Valley Waste Management Service follows North American standards for disposal of animal carcasses at its waste management centres.

Disposing of Animal Carcasses

Our procedures involve burying the carcass below the toe of the active landfill area and immediately covering it with waste material. This ensures there is no access to it by scavenging birds or other animals. The cover is immediately at least one metre deep; by the end of the day, the cover could be as much as three metres deep.

We support having veterinarians advise their clients of their options for cremation. If the client opts to bury their pet, we also support veterinarians explaining the importance of proper burial: a one- to two-feet deep grave, which is then covered with stones.

Notice: There have been several cases of rabbit hemorrhagic disease reported in the Comox Valley. The landfill is not currently equipped to accept these carcasses. We are working hard to provide an option to the public which will ensure the health and safety of landfill employees and meet our regulatory requirements. In the meantime, residents who come across a deceased feral rabbit, exibiting symptoms of this disease, should make a report to BC Wildlife at 250 751-3219. For more information read this news bulletin from the Ministry of Forest, Lands and Natural Resources.


IMPORTANT: If you are bringing animal carcasses to a landfill, you must advise the operator(s) so that proper procedures can be followed. This is particularly important when the animal carcasses have been euthanized by a drug injection, as that drug – if ingested by a scavenging bird or animal – can cause illness or even death.