As the result of an evaluation of the usage and location suitability of multi-material recycling bins, the Comox Strathcona Waste Management (CSWM) service has decided to remove bins from some public locations.
Recycling depots in the Comox Valley and Strathcona Regional Districts are hosted at business properties at the business’ discretion. Recently the bins at the Walmart location in Courtenay were removed at the request of the business owner. The public was notified of the change through onsite signage and redirected to the closest depot, which is behind Zellers at the Driftwood Mall.
The multi-material depots located at Quality Foods in Comox, Thrifty Foods in Courtenay and at the Comox Valley Auto Recyclers in Royston are all scheduled to be removed as part of this re-
evaluation process. The removal of these depots will allow for increased maintenance of the existing depots.
“We encourage municipal residents to recycle through their curbside pickup program and have noticed that usage in some of the depots has declined,” said CVRD’s solid waste manager Tom
Boatman. “The multi-material recycling bins were established before the implementation of some of the residential curbside pickup programs and now are primarily intended to serve those who do not have the curbside service available to them.”
Onsite signage notifying residents of the changes will go up for at least two weeks prior to the removal of the multi-material recycling depots from that location.
For more information on recycling and to review an updated list and map of depots in your area, visit www.cswm.ca/depots.html.
The Comox Strathcona Waste Management (CSWM) service is a function of the Comox Valley Regional District (CVRD) and is responsible for two regional waste management centres that serve
the Comox Valley and Campbell River, as well as a range of transfer stations and smaller waste-handling and recycling facilities for the electoral areas of the CVRD and the Strathcona Regional
District. The CSWM service manages over 100,000 tonnes of waste and recycled material and oversees a number of diversion and education programs.
— Comox Strathcona Waste Management