The Comox Strathcona Waste Management (CSWM) unstaffed recycling depots located at the Sportsplex in Campbell River and the Canex Retail Store in Comox will close permanently this summer, effective July 1, 2021.

There are excellent alternative options for recycling in these communities, and residents are encouraged to instead utilize their municipal curbside recycling service for those who have access, or to drop off recyclables at one of the local Return-It depots or at either of the waste management centres in the region. These depot facilities are all supported by Recycle BC and accept any materials that are accepted at the closing unstaffed depots, as well as glass, plastic bags, outer wrap and foam packaging. 

“These unstaffed depots have unfortunately been targets for illegal dumping for years, and just don’t reflect the standard of service that we would like to see with our waste management service,” said Vivian Schau, Senior Manager of CSWM Services. “We want to uphold a great standard for recycling in our area, and luckily there are a number of Recycle BC supported options in our communities that allows us to recycle more items, in an effective and responsible manner with full transparency.”

Not only do the alternative Recycle BC supported locations accept more streams of recyclable materials, staff are present to observe and correct sorting errors, and educate the public. By using these programs, residents ensure that their material is properly recycled and will therefore be diverting a larger volume of material. For depot locations near you visit

The Comox Strathcona Waste Management 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.

Vivian Schau

Senior Manager of CSWM Services, Comox Valley Regional District