Public recycling options shrinking in Comox Valley

A woman notes the several 24-hour public recycling depots in the Comox Valley that will remain after this one at Home Depot closes this Friday. - Mark Allan
A woman notes the several 24-hour public recycling depots in the Comox Valley that will remain after this one at Home Depot closes this Friday.
— image credit: Mark Allan

When the multi-material recycling depot in the Courtenay Home Depot's parking lot closes Jan. 31, it will leave only three such 24-7 locations in the Comox Valley.

In a press release, the Comox Strathcona Waste Management service thanks the property owners at the Courtenay Home Depot location for providing space for the placement of the recycling bins for the past 10 years. Bins will be removed at the property owner’s request. the CSWM adds.

Depots will remain at the Country Market north of Courtenay on Highway 19A, behind the Canex store in Comox and at the Old Oyster River Fire Hall. The Canex site is on an interim basis.

Other options listed on the Comox Valley Regional District website are BFI Canada at 4624 Cumberland Rd. in Cumberland (open Mondays to Fridays from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.) and the Comox Valley Waste Management Centre (open seven days a week from 8:30 a.m. To 5:30 p.m.

The CVWMC, also known as the Pidgeon Lake landfill, is at 2400 Pidgeon Lake Rd. in Cumberland.

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Other recycling options include four Comox Valley Return-It centres. They are run by Encorp Pacific (Canada), a "federally incorporated, not-for-profit, product stewardship corporation with beverage container management as our core business."

The main location is at 493 Puntledge Rd. in Courtenay. There are bottle depots at 678 Anderton Rd. in Comox and on Denman Island that accept recyclable beverage containers. A site at Future Shop in Courtenay accepts electronic items.

“Municipal residents with curbside recycling pickup are encouraged to use that convenient service,” said Koreen Gurak, the Comox Valley Regional District manager of communications. “The curbside pickup program allows for unlimited quantities of recycling and by taking part you can assist with reducing the larger volumes of material collected at the depots.”

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