Rural Roadside Garbage and Recycling Collection

Throw in Your Thoughts on Garbage Collection

The Comox Valley Regional District is considering the introduction of rural roadside garbage and recycling collection services in Electoral Areas A, B and C. As a preliminary step, the CVRD is engaging with homeowners and residents in the community about their degree of interest. A program would be pursued only in areas where there is community support and if technical and operational requirements can be met.

Please note: Mount Washington, Denman and Hornby Islands are not included in this review.

Phase 1: Public Engagement – Survey Complete

We asked residents and homeowners whether they’re interested in a new garbage/recycling collection service in the electoral area where they live. Thank you to all that completed the survey and shared your thoughts. Through the fall months, staff will review the results of this feedback to understand where neighbourhoods have expressed interest. The results will be provided to electoral area directors for consideration of next steps – please watch here for updates.

Throw in Your Thoughts on Garbage Collection

The Comox Valley Regional District is considering the introduction of rural roadside garbage and recycling collection services in Electoral Areas A, B and C. As a preliminary step, the CVRD is engaging with homeowners and residents in the community about their degree of interest. A program would be pursued only in areas where there is community support and if technical and operational requirements can be met.

Please note: Mount Washington, Denman and Hornby Islands are not included in this review.

Phase 1: Public Engagement – Survey Complete

We asked residents and homeowners whether they’re interested in a new garbage/recycling collection service in the electoral area where they live. Thank you to all that completed the survey and shared your thoughts. Through the fall months, staff will review the results of this feedback to understand where neighbourhoods have expressed interest. The results will be provided to electoral area directors for consideration of next steps – please watch here for updates.

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  • Not a question, but I am sick to death of Waste Management. Any time you have a question it is someone in Texas or Arizona. I want local management and control and I am willing to pay for it. On your info pages it would be a good idea to compare how much city residents are paying annually as the proposed system would no doubt be similar in cost to the homeowner.

    Jane Lucas Asked about 2 months ago

    Hi Jane, thanks for your comment on how you value local companies, and your understanding that sometimes this comes at an additional cost. In terms of looking at similar costs for a resident with a CVRD contracted service, we looked at similar services offered in other rural communities on Vancouver Island to reach the cost estimate of $150-$250 for this kind of garbage and recycling pickup. However, the final cost of the service will depend on the specifics of what is offered. Influencing factors include number of cans, pickup frequency, and materials collected. Cost estimates will be refined and shared with residents prior to any public approval process.

  • Hello, I am located on Comox Logging Rd. off of Cumberland Rd- Which electoral area am I in? Thank you!

    T Asked about 2 months ago

    Hello T - The portion of Comox Logging Road between Cumberland Road and the Comox Valley Parkway is in Electoral Area C. For this survey is't the area designated as "C-1". 

  • I live off Lake Trail rd what electoral area am I in? I could not find it clearly on the maps provided

    Kim Asked about 2 months ago

    Hello Kim. The area around Lake Trail Road that is in the CVRD is part of Electoral Area C. For this survey, it's "C-1". Hope that helps!

  • We’re at 4310 Island Hwy S, between Gartley Rd and the Kingfisher. We’re in Area A electoral area, but we’re not included in A1, A2 or A3- so what’s the deal with that?

    Tara Mason Asked about 2 months ago

    Hello Tara - your area is already included in the Royston Garbage and Recycling Service. This survey is seeking input from areas that do not currently have pick up, to assess interest in a new service. 

  • if this idea proceeds watching your website is not going to happen .put your info into the newspaper properly highlighted for us to read or notify us by flyer or mail

    rob Asked about 2 months ago

    Hi Rob, thank you for your comment. We will be utilizing multiple means to continue to reach out to residents on this project, including advertising in the newspaper, news releases, posters, and social media, and we appreciate hearing what options work for residents.

    For those who prefer to receive information through the website, we will send direct email updates. If you would like to receive notifications when there are updates available, please click the ‘Stay Informed’ option on this page to subscribe to project updates. You do not need to create a website login for this option, simply provide an email address. Thank you.

  • Why is this being looked at again when it was already voted down by a 75% majority several years ago? The CVRD used the same argument back then that 75% of people wanted it, when the opposite came to light in the vote.

    Jimbo Asked about 2 months ago

    Thank you for your comment. Since the referendum occurred seven years ago, there continues to be expressed interest in the community for this type of service and options for recycling have changed. Your input is important as we determine our next steps. In the interest of protecting tax dollars, service would only be pursued in those communities that are supportive of a program and this survey will help us to ensure we are allocating staff time and resources effectively.

  • How do I know which area I am in?

    Ian Asked about 2 months ago

    Hi Ian. The surveys each include a map that shows boundaries to help residents determine what part of Electoral Area A, B or C they live in. We’ve now included these maps on the main page for this project to make it easier to find, hopefully this helps. If you would like additional support determining which area you reside in, please phone 250-334-6016 and we will be able to assist. Thank you.

  • Will the recycling pick-up take the same items that I can now turn in at the Depot? Like soft plastics and packaging, styrofoam, batteries, light bulbs, etc?

    Valerie Asked about 2 months ago

    Hi Valerie. The roadside recycling collection will not include materials like soft plastics, Styrofoam, batteries or light bulbs that are only accepted at depot locations across the province, like the Return It depots and the landfill. The service would include the materials currently accepted in municipal curbside programs, as well as CSWM depots which include common household paper, cardboard, plastic containers and cartons, as well as steel and aluminum containers.