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Garbage, Recycling and Organics Compost (Yard & Kitchen Waste)

A summary of our waste and recycling initiatives.

ORGANICS COMPOST PROGRAM (Yard & Kitchen Waste):

Kitchen Waste pilot program began in Comox on Tuesday, June 18th, 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 has been mailed to these households to explain the expanded service along with a label which should be placed onto your existing Yard Waste can (which you can now add your Kitchen Waste to) 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 organics truck that already was collecting the Yard Waste now also collects the Kitchen Waste as Yard and Kitchen waste are now both part of the Organics Compost Program.

View this website’s information page including the Organics Compost Program Brochure

Click here for more info from the Regional District

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).

Kitchen Waste-

Kitchen Waste pilot program will begin 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).

BLUE BOX RECYCLING:

Bi-Weekly collection from single-family homes & duplexes on garbage day all year round – unlimited quantity.
View the Comox Waste Collection Guide 2016.
Have your Blue Box Recycling at the curb by 8 am.

Change From Blue Bags to Blue Boxes-

The use of BLUE BAGS for recycling has been phased out and replaced with a BLUE BOX system – starting 2009 blue bags were no longer collected. At the start of this program one blue box was distributed to each single family home and duplex in Comox on a one-time basis. This blue box became the private property of the property owner. You must have at least one blue box to take part in the program. Click here for information on the Change from Blue Bags to Blue Boxes and How to Purchase a Blue Box.

How to Use the Blue Box-

How to pack?
Place all recyclables into the blue box – no need to sort. View the Tips on how to pack your blue box for a windy day.

What is acceptable?
Paper: Do not place a paper product inside a plastic product such as shredded paper inside a plastic bag – instead put paper inside paper such as shredded paper inside a paper bag or cardboard box.
Plastic milk jugs (rinsed with lids removed)
Tetra Paks and Gable end cartons (example – milk and juice containers)
Plastic bags and plastic wrap (compress soft plastics in plastic bags)
Plastics 1 thru 7 (DON”T place hard plastics in plastic bags, they will be left behind)
Metal food containers (rinsed with labels removed)
Newsprint and boxboard (remove liners from boxes)
Cardboard (flattened AND tied) Maximum size 90cm x 90cm (3’x3’)
Mixed waste paper (junk mail, telephone books, magazines, envelopes and stationary)
Shredded paper (place shredded paper in paper products, not plastic bags)

What is not acceptable?
Glass, Styrofoam and most wrapping paper.

What if my Blue Box is full?
Extra recyclables can be placed in any other open container next to the blue box -ensure that these additional containers do not exceed the basic dimensions of the blue box and remember the weight limit on all containers of 35 pounds – NO LIMITS ON RECYCLING QUANTITIES.

What are the 2016 Recycling Pickup Dates?

January 5-8, 19-22
February 2-5, 16-19
March 1-4, 15-18, 29-31
April 1, 12-15, 26-29
May 10-13, 24-27
June 7-10, 21-24
July 5-8, 19-22
August 2-5, 16-19, 30-31
September 1-2, 13-16, 27-30
October 11-14, 25-28
November 8-11, 22-25
December 6-9, 20-23

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

GARBAGE:

  • Weekly Pickup – see map and schedule 2016 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 $2.50 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).

Comox Strathcona Waste Management Recycling Depots:

Click here to see the current locations for Comox Strathcona depots.

Depots for depositing plastic milk jugs, metal cans, and plastic (types 1-7) food containers, mixed paper (newspapers, magazines, junk mail, phone books) cardboard, and boxboard. No styrofoam.
There one depot in Comox:
Behind the CANEX store located at 1375 Military Row (corner of Ryan Rd and Military Row) hours of operation for this depot are 7am – 9pm daily.

Other Recycling Options:

Comox Return Centre 678 Anderton Road (339-0059)
Provides refunds for all beverage containers including juice, water, pop, wine, and spirits sold in plastic, metal, glass or Tetra pack containers. Please rinse and remove lids, but leave labels on. In addition, this is the Comox Valley’s Paint and Paint Products return centre.

Unplugged Small Applicance Recycling Program(small applicances) – Encorp Return-It Centre on Puntledge Road in Courtenay – phone: 250-338-6013
Return It(electronics) – Encorp Return-It Centre on Puntledge Road in Courtenay – phone: 250-338-6013
Journey Recycling Program – (office paper) – Phone: 250-338-5884
Recycling Council of British Columbia(various items)
Comox Strathcona Waste Management searchable Recycling Directory (various items)
Comox Valley Regional District – phone: 250-334-6000
Recycling Hotline 1-800-667-4321

Comox Valley Waste Management:

The Comox Valley Waste Management Centre is located near the Village of Cumberland – phone: 250-334-6000.