Rural Roadside Garbage and Recycling Collection

Next Steps for Rural Garbage Collection Approved

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 2 Public Consultation to Begin in 2021

On Nov. 16, Electoral Area Directors approved the next steps of consultation for 11 neighbourhoods that expressed interest in the implementation of a roadside garbage and recycling collection service, and that meet technical requirements for service delivery. The CVRD Board will consider the EASC recommendation for ratification at their next meeting, scheduled to take place November 24.

  1. See the staff report summarizing the survey results and the feasibility review here.
  2. Survey results by neighbourhood are also available at comoxvalleyrd.ca/ruralroadsidecollection.
  3. The CVRD will plan for additional outreach in early 2021. Watch here for more information.

Next Steps for Rural Garbage Collection Approved

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 2 Public Consultation to Begin in 2021

On Nov. 16, Electoral Area Directors approved the next steps of consultation for 11 neighbourhoods that expressed interest in the implementation of a roadside garbage and recycling collection service, and that meet technical requirements for service delivery. The CVRD Board will consider the EASC recommendation for ratification at their next meeting, scheduled to take place November 24.

  1. See the staff report summarizing the survey results and the feasibility review here.
  2. Survey results by neighbourhood are also available at comoxvalleyrd.ca/ruralroadsidecollection.
  3. The CVRD will plan for additional outreach in early 2021. Watch here for more information.

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  • Why aren't you being TRANSPARENT by posting the results of the survey online, so that everyone can see them? My guess is that it's because you don't want people to see that almost everyone is against your plans to raise the cost of garbage collection. Also, why talk about recycling now, since China is no longer accepting containers full of our garbage, and most other recycling options are gone too? In most places here and in the U.S., people are wasting their time and energy separating garbage into blue containers for recycling, because the truth is that most of it goes to the same landfills now.

    Robie56 asked about 1 month ago

    Thank you for your inquiry on the results of our online survey for rural roadside garbage and recycling collection. We experienced an incredible response from residents with over 3,000 survey submissions, and as a result it has taken longer than anticipated to summarize all the information into a report. We agree with you that it is important for these results to be available to the public, and allow residents to get a sense of the broad spectrum of opinions on this topic for their neighbourhood. We will be posting the survey results online by November 16, 2020 at connectcvrd.ca/ruralroadsidecollection so stay tuned.

    There has been a lot of media reports about the challenges that the North American recycling markets faced after China passed laws to prevent the importation of highly contaminated recycling, but not all of those reports apply to what is happening in British Columbia. In 2014, BC began consolidating all of the residential recycling from across the province, and marketing that large volume of material locally and globally. As a result, BC was in a much better position than many other regions for finding new recycling markets when China’s new policies began in 2017. Within BC, 90% of the material placed in blue boxes and dropped off at depots was recycled in 2019, and only 7% of what was collected had to be landfilled (likely because it wasn’t supposed to be in the blue box to begin with). In addition to successfully finding markets for its high-quality output, Recycle BC is also the only packaging and paper product program in Canada that is able to provide full traceability on the end markets for its material. To find out more, please visit https://recyclebc.ca/what-happens-to-my-recycling/.

  • How much extra on our property tax is this service going to cost?

    Veera Wiber asked about 2 months ago

    Hi Veera, thank you for your question. In other rural areas on Vancouver Island, this kind of garbage and recycling service ranges between $150 and $250 per year for homeowners. 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.

    We all pay to manage our household waste in one way or another, so although this may feel like it would be an extra cost, it would be replacing what residents are currently paying to manage their waste, and this service could actually reduce annual costs for many homeowners. While costs are highly variable depending on personal preferences and consumer behaviour, it costs an estimated $260 per year to haul waste directly to the landfill twice a month, and residents who set up their own garbage pickup through a private hauler can pay between $300 and $550 per household each year, excluding recycling.

  • 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 4 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 4 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 4 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 4 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 4 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 4 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 4 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 4 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.