Garbage, Yard Waste & Organics

ORGANICS COMPOST PROGRAM (Yard & Kitchen Waste):

Kitchen Waste pilot program began in Comox in 2013.

Under the umbrella program of the ORGANICS COMPOST PROGRAM which already includes Yard Waste collection there is now also a Kitchen Waste collection. This applies to only those resident who were already receiving Yard Waste collection.

The Organics Compost Program brochure was provided to participating households (those who received yard waste collection) to explain the expanded service along with a label which could be placed onto your existing Yard Waste can (to which you can now add your Kitchen Waste) or you may wish to apply the label to a separate lidded container for your Kitchen Waste.

All organics (Yard & Kitchen Waste) containers must have a secure lid and plastic bags are no longer permitted. If you want to line your container you may wish to use a paper bag or newspaper.

The truck that formerly collected Yard Waste now collects the Kitchen and Yard waste since together they are now both part of the Organics Compost Program.

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Yard Waste

Weekly collection from single-family homes & duplexes on garbage day all year round – unlimited quantity.
Have your yard waste at the curb by 8 am – if it contains Kitchen Waste then do not put it out the night before.
The organics truck that currently collects the Yard Waste will now also be collecting the Kitchen Waste as both are now part of the Organics Compost Program.

What is an acceptable container?
Garbage Can with lid or a Paper Yard Waste Bag which is marked as being 100% compostable or 100% biodegradable – plastic bags are no longer permitted due to the machinery being used at the new composting facility.
All organics (Yard & Kitchen Waste) containers must have a secure lid and plastic bags are not permitted. If you want to line your container you may use a paper bag or newspaper.

Volume & Weight Limits:
Maximum 77 litres in volume or 20 kilograms (44 pounds) in weight.

What are acceptable items for the container?
Grass, plants, flowers, leaves, sod and small amounts of soil and now…all kitchen waste (see details below).
Other items to place beside container:
Tree prunings, hedge prunings and branches must be tied in secure bundles no longer than 90 cm. (36 in.) or wider than 60 cm. (24 in.) in diameter, or heavier than 20 kg. (44 lb.). Individual branches must not exceed 7.6 cm (3 in.) in diameter.

Christmas Trees Cut in half with no tinsel or decorations are treated as branches.

What are not acceptable items?
Rocks, stumps, flower pots, painted or treated wood, animal feces, garbage or recyclables.

Questions & Concerns should be directed to the town’s contractor Emterra (phone: 250-336-8066).


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Kitchen Waste

Kitchen Waste pilot program started in Comox on Tuesday, June 18th, 2013.

Weekly collection from single-family homes & duplexes on garbage day all year round – unlimited quantity.
Have your Kitchen Waste at the curb by 8 am – do not place out the night before.
The organics truck that currently collects the Yard Waste will now also be collecting the Kitchen Waste as both are now part of the Organics Compost Program.

What is an acceptable container?
Garbage Can or other container with lid – you may also simply add your Kitchen Waste to your existing Yard Waste can (with lid) – see above for details.
All organics (Yard & Kitchen Waste) containers must have a secure lid and plastic bags are not permitted. If you want to line your container you may use a paper bag or newspaper.

Volume & Weight Limits:
Maximum 77 litres in volume or 20 kilograms (44 pounds) in weight.

View the Organics Brochure for all the program details.

Questions & Concerns should be directed to the town’s contractor Emterra (phone: 250-336-8066).

GARBAGE:

  • Weekly Pickup – see map and schedule 2017 in Comox Recycles Guide (below). Have your garbage at the curb by 8am.
  • Maximum one 121 litre garbage can
  • Cannot exceed 20 kilograms (44 pounds)
  • Additional can over limit will only be picked up if a garbage tag is attached. Garbage tags can be purchased from Town Hall (1809 Beaufort Avenue) for $2.75 each (no tax)
  • Must use cans with secure waterproof lids
  • NO yard waste allowed with garbage (see yard waste collection details above)
  • NO demolition or construction material allowed. You can take these materials directly to the Comox Valley Regional District (CVRD) Waste Management facility near Cumberland – call them for details at: 250-334-6000.

Questions & Concerns should be directed to the town’s contractor Emterra (phone: 250-336-8066).

Blue Box Recycling Questions? Click on this link for information.

Comox Valley Waste Management:

The Comox Valley Waste Management Centre : 250-334-6000.

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