An AAP will be used to determine if rural residents in the CVRD want a roadside garbage/recycling collection service. File photo

An AAP will be used to determine if rural residents in the CVRD want a roadside garbage/recycling collection service. File photo

Roadside waste collection proposed in rural areas of Comox Valley

Pending results of the upcoming Alternate Approval Process (AAP), a rural roadside waste collection service will cost $200-$250 per household per year. The fee would replace the existing cost to manage waste through landfill tipping fees or through a private service.

Waste collection had been proposed for rural areas of the Comox Valley Regional District in 2013, but was rejected by way of a referendum. However, a survey last summer of more than 3,000 respondents indicates 74 per cent of residents favour the idea.

The proposal is for bi-weekly garbage collection, up to two cans and unlimited recycling. From March to November, up to six bags of seasonal yard waste will be collected on a monthly basis.

Exclusions that won’t qualify for the service include apartments, condos, mobile parks and RVs.

“I am very confident that between June 5th and July 5th that the people will realize this is a good deal for the residents, a good deal for the environment, and we’ll be able to move forward on something that should have moved forward a few years ago,” Area C director Edwin Grieve said at the Electoral Area Services Committee meeting April 12.

Residents can expect an information letter next week. Online open houses are scheduled for May 11, 13 and 19.

FMI: comoxvalleyrd.ca/roadsidecollection