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What Can I Recycle?

This page provides information about items that can be recycled curbside and at Recycle BC depots and CSWM depots in the Comox Strathcona Waste Management service area. Please note that curbside recycling programs are managed separately within the municipalities of Campbell River, Courtenay, Comox, Cumberland and Royston. For questions about curbside pickup schedules and operations in your community, please contact your municipality directly.


Put into smaller blue box and recycle at curbside or at a Recyle BC or CSWM depot.


Newspapers, inserts and flyers

Paper egg cartons

Paper bags

Magazines, catalogues and phone books

Household paper

Shredded paper (contain in paper bag or box first)

Boxboard boxes

Envelopes (unless padded)

Cardboard boxes
  • Gift cards
  • Paper gift wrap
  • Paper gift bags
  • Paper bags for pet food, flour, sugar, etc.
  • Paper carry-out beverage trays
  • Cores from paper towel and toilet paper

Not Accepted

Hard and soft cover booksPaper towels, napkins, and tissues
  • Non-paper gift wrap and foil wrap
  • Rubber bands, ribbons, and bows
  • Padded envelopes
  • Bags and boxes with foil liners
  • Plastic bags used to cover newspapers/flyers

Put into blue box and recycle at curbside or take to a Recycle BC or CSWM depot.


Plastic bottles, jars and jugsCaps, tops, lids and pumpsMetal cans
Plastic trays and clamshellsPlastic or paper take-out cups, bowls and lidsAerosol cans (empty)
Plastic garden pots and seedling traysCartons for soup, milk, etc.Foil wrap and take-out containers
  • Plastic packaging for toys, batteries, etc. (separate plastic from paper backing)
  • Spiral wound cans and lids for frozen juice concentrate, chips, etc.
  • Plastic pails less than 25L for laundry detergent, etc.
  • Plastic tubs for yogurt, margarine, etc.

Not Accepted

Plastic bags and overwrapGlassToys & games
Hazardous wasteElectronics and appliancesHangers, pots, pans and other scrap metal
  • Foam packaging
  • Chip or foil bags and candy wrappers
  • Stand up pouches
  • Packaging labeled biodegradable or compostable
  • Wiring, metal cords and hardware
  • Clothing, textiles and shoes
  • Food and yard waste

Drop-off only. Please take to a Recycle BC depot. Note: CSWM depots do not accept glass.


Put all lids with containers!

Glass bottles – clear and colouredGlass jars – clear and colouredReturn deposit containers for a refund

Not Accepted

  • Dishes and cookware
  • Windows and mirrors
  • Light bulbs and fixtures
  • Ceramic products

Learn more about recycling glass with this how-to video:

Plastic Bags and Overwrap

Drop-off only. Please take to a Recycle BC depot. Note: CSWM depots do not accept plastic bags and overwrap.


Plastic bagsOuter bags & protective wrap
  • Bags for groceries, produce, dry bulk foods, frozen vegetables, water softener, salt, garden products, newspapers, etc.
  • Overwrap for diapers, feminine hygiene products, paper towels & soft drink flats

Not Accepted

  • Crinkly wrap for tea, floral arrangements, etc.
  • Pasta and cereal bags, chip and snack bags, stand-up pouches
  • Zipper lock bags, garbage bags and kitchen stretch wrap
  • Plastic shipping envelopes and bubble packaging

Learn more about recycling plastic bags with this how-to video:

Other Flexible Plastic Packaging

Other Flexible Plastic Packaging

Other Flexible Plastic Packaging includes stand-up and zipper lock pouches, crinkly wrappers and bags, flexible packaging with seal, woven and net plastic bags, and non-food protective packaging.

 Accepted Materials
  • Zipper lock pouches for frozen foods like prawns, berries, vegetables; fresh foods like fruit. deli meat, etc.
  • Stand-up pouches for dried fruit and nuts, quinoa, grated cheese, dish detergent pods, etc.
  • Bags for potato chips, wrappers for cheese slices and candy bars, cereal bags, cellophane for gift baskets and flowers
  • Packaging for dry pasta, pre-packaged deli meat
  • Net bags for avocados, onions, citrus fruit
  • Padded protective plastic like plastic shipping envelopes, bubble wrap, plastic air packets
 Where Accepted

Drop-off only. Please take to Recycle BC depots at the Comox Valley Waste Managment Center, Campbell River Waste Management Center, Hornby and Cortes Island recycling depots or the Courtenay Return-it Depot.

Note: CSWM depots do not accept Other Flexible Plastic Packaging.

 Not Accepted
  • Plastic squeeze tubes
  • Plastic-lined paper
  • Plastic strapping
  • 6-pack ring
  • Biodegradable plastic
  • PVC/vinyl
  • Squishy foam
Foam Packaging

Drop-off only. Please take to Recycle BC depot. Note: CSWM depots do not accept foam packaging.


Foam meat trays (remove absorbent pad)Foam take-out containersFoam cushion packaging used to protect electronics, etc.

Not Accepted

  • Blue or pink foam insulation, packing chips and peanuts
  • Squishy or flexible foam and foam noodle

Learn more about recycling foam with this how-to video:

Hazardous Materials

Not Accepted

Please note that none of the following items can be included with your blue box recycling

  • Batteries
  • Medical Syringes
  • Bleach or aerosol containers with any contents remaining
  • Compressed gas cylinders (e.g. used propane cylinders)
  • Containers for paint, motor oil, vehicle lubricants or antifreeze
  • Containers for pesticides with the words DANGER, WARNING or POISON and precautionary octagon or diamond symbols with skull and crossbones
  • Medical Syringes

For more information about what to do with your household hazardous waste, and for hazardous waste collection dates, please visit Comox Strathcona Waste Management’s Hazardous Waste page.

Recycling Tips

You can help ensure that more materials are recycled by following these steps:

  1. Please follow sorting instructions at the depot.
  2. Empty and rinse containers.
  3. Contain shredded paper inside a paper bag or box.
  4. Flatten cardboard and remove plastic wrap from cardboard flats (staples and tape are OK).

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