COVID-19 Coronavirus Update

COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Update

Under the current circumstances we are asking that residents do their best to reduce demands on waste and recycling facilities. If you have access to a municipal curbside collection and recycling program please refrain from using landfills at this time. Rural residents without curbside pickup should limit their visits to yard and essential waste only.

The Comox Valley Waste Management Centre, and other Comox Strathcona Waste Management service facilities are open at this time to provide essential waste disposal services to their communities. In an effort to reduce the risk to staff, and limit the risk of a reduction to the level of service we can provide, we need to ask for the cooperation of the public. 

Before you head to your local garbage and recycling facility, please consider if your trip is essential or if you could hold off. Now is not the time to bring in that microwave you’ve been hanging onto for a year, or loading up your trailer with a big spring clean-up load. Rural residents dropping off household garbage, our municipal curbside collection partners, and commercial collectors are our priority right now. We thank you for your cooperation.

Changes in Hours and Service Levels

Comox Strathcona Waste Management (CSWM) facilities will be evaluating each location on an individual basis, as each facility has different levels of risk to staff and customers. The CVRD has closed all free stores to limit the number of residents on site at one time. Customers are encouraged to keep 2 metres away from other customers and staff when dropping off garbage, recyclables or household hazardous waste.
 

Comox Valley Waste Management Centre

  • ​No cash will be accepted – payment by credit or debit card only
  • Expect delays - there is a six vehicle limit at the residential drop-off area to comply with physical distancing requirements
  • Only two vehicles will have access to the recycling depot at any one time
  • Opening times may be delayed to permit the disinfection of all equipment

Campbell River Waste Management Centre

  • No cash will be accepted – payment by credit or debit card only
  • There will be limited drop-off stalls to comply with physical distancing requirements
  • Only two vehicles will have access to the recycling depot at any one time
  • Opening times may be delayed to permit the disinfection of all equipment

Hornby Island

  • The Hornby Island transfer station is accepting household waste and Recycle BC materials only
    • Visit Recycle BC for a complete list of allowable recyclable materials
    • Other non-extended producer materials such as paint, electronics, batteries, household hazardous waste will NOT be accepted at this time
  • Construction waste accepted from account holders only
  • No cash accepted at this time. Patrons are asked to document the number of bags they have dropped off, for any future invoicing
  • Free store is closed

Denman Island

  • Denman Island transfer station is scheduled to re-open April 8, 2020
    • 2:00 pm to 7:00 pm on Wednesdays and Thursdays
    • Saturdays from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
  • Expect delays with a vehicle limit at the site to comply with physical distancing requirements
  • Free store is closed

Cortes Island

  • The Cortes Island transfer station is only accepting household garbage at this time
  • The recycling depot and free store are closed

Gold River

  • The Gold River transfer station is no longer taking cash or debit payments
  • Customers will be asked to provide their address at time of disposal and will be subsequently billed by the Village of Gold River

Sayward

  • April 18 & 19, 2020 Sayward clean-up days are postponed, the July event will proceed at this time
  • The Sayward recycling depot is open

Changes in Service Levels for Pick-Up Services, Garbage, Recycling or Yard Waste

Municipal Curbside Collection

Recycling Depots

Under the current circumstances we are asking that residents do their best to reduce demands on recycling depots and hold back their materials until such time that regular service can be restored. 

CSWM Unstaffed Depots

  • Unstaffed CSWM drop-off locations will remain available to residents to use
  • Please be vigilant about sorting properly and keeping materials clean

Return-It Recycling Depots

Courtenay Return It Depot – 493 Puntledge Road, Courtenay BC

  • Closed until further notice

Comox Return It Depot – 678 Anderton Road, Comox BC – 678 Anderton Road, Comox BC

  • Closed March 18-31, no open date at this time

Island Return It Campbell River – 1580 F Willow Street, Campbell River BC

  • Closed until further notice

If you or a member or your household has, or has had COVID-19, how should you dispose of our garbage like dirty tissues?

In an effort to protect workers collecting your waste, if you or a member of your household has contracted COVID-19 we ask that you hold off on putting your garbage, recyclables and yard waste at the curb until after your quarantine period has ended.

Materials like dirty tissues must be placed into a plastic bag within your garbage can for disposal. No loose items.
 

For more information about COVID-19 and measures in place in your community, please click on the button for the regional district in which you reside.

Comox Valley Regional District

Strathcona Regional District