Changes to Blue Box program

A May 19 transition affects residential Blue Box recycling pickup in Courtenay.

Emterra will continue the service. There will be no change to collection schedules.

Everything allowed, plus a number of new items, will continue to be collected, except soft plastics which will change to depot drop-off. For a full list of items that can go in Blue Boxes starting May 19, visit

Valley recycling depots will also expand under the new program. New items will be accepted at certain depots. As of May 19, the Comox Valley Waste Management Centre will accept Styrofoam, glass and plastic bags/film wrap.

Depots at the BFI yard in Cumberland, the Courtenay Country Market and behind the Canex store in Comox will not take any new items, but will continue to be drop-off locations for cardboard, hard plastics and metal containers.

Privately run Encorp Return-It depots in Courtenay and Comox will also offer packaging and printed paper recycling.

For a list of depot locations and acceptable materials, visit


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