Recycling and Garbage - Town of Comox

By: Comox Planning  09-12-2011
Keywords: Recycling, Yard Waste

Residential Yard Waste Collection

Weekly collection from single-family homes & duplexes on garbage day all year round.

  • Grass, plants, flowers, leaves, sod and small amounts of soil in special 100% compostable or 100% biodegradable plastic or paper yard waste bags that have been individually marked as such by the manufacturer and do not exceed 77 litres in volume or 20 kilograms (44 pounds) in weight.
  • You may also use garbage cans (with lids on) that are marked clearly as “Yard Waste” and do not exceed 77 litres in volume or 20 kilograms (44 pounds) in weight.
  • 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.
  • NO LIMITS ON QUANTITY OF YARD WASTE
  • You may NOT include rocks, stumps, flower pots, painted or treated wood, animal feces, kitchen waste, garbage or recyclables with your yard waste
  • Have your yard waste at the curb by 8 am to ensure that the contractor will pick it up
  • Please call our garbage collection contractor Emterra at 250-336-8066 if you have questions about their service.

Residential Blue Box Recycling

Residential pickup of recycling continues every second week. For full details consult our COMOXRECYCLES GUIDE under related items at bottom of this page.

Change From Blue Bags to Blue Boxes

The use of BLUEBAGS for recycling has been phased out and replaced with a BLUEBOX 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 .

How to Use the Blue Box

No glass, no styrofoam.

We cannot recycle these.

If your 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.

  • Have your recycling at the curb by 8 am to ensure that the contractor will pick it up
  • Please call our garbage collection contractor Emterra at 250-336-8066 if you have questions about their service.

2011 Recycling Pickup Dates

Tuesday through Friday

November 1-4, 15-18, 29-30
December 1-2, 13-16, 27-30

2012 Recycling Pickup Dates

Tuesday through Friday

January 10-13, 24-27
February 7-10, 21-24
March 6-9, 20-23
April 3-6, 17-20
May 1-4, 15-18, 29-31
June Fri.1, 12-15, 26-29
July 10-13, 24-27
August 7-10, 21-24
September 4-7, 18-21
October 2-5, 16-19, 30-31
November Thur.1-2, 13-16, 27-30
December 11-14, Mon.24 Wed.26-29
December Monday 24th instead of Tues. Christmas Day

Use your Blue Box For:

  • Plastic Milk Jugs
  • Plastic Containers (types 1-7)
  • Metal Food Containers
  • Mixed Paper
  • Cardboard

Residential Garbage Collection

  • 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 $2.40 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 Regional District’s Pidgeon Lake Landfill
  • Have your garbage at the curb by 8 am to ensure that the contractor will pick it up
  • Please call our garbage collection contractor Emterra at 250-336-8066 if you have questions about their service.

Other Recycling:

(small applicances) – Encorp Return-It Centre on Puntledge Road in Courtenay – phone: 250-338-6013
(electronics) – Encorp Return-It Centre on Puntledge Road in Courtenay – phone: 250-338-6013
Journey Recycling Program – (office paper) – Phone: 250-338-5884
(various items)
searchable Recycling Directory (various items)
– phone: 250-334-6000
Recycling Hotline 1-800-667-4321

The information in this article was current at 06 Dec 2011

Keywords: Recycling, Yard Waste

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