CVRD Not Proceeding with Proposed Roadside Waste Collection

Following the results of the recent Unified Alternative Approval Process (AAP), the Comox Valley Regional District (CVRD) Board has decided not to further pursue establishing a rural roadside garbage and recycling collection service at this time.

The CVRD sought elector approval to establish a waste collection service for rural residents, split into three service areas through the AAP, which closed July 5, 2021. This process allowed for residents and homeowners to submit an elector response form in order to voice their opposition.

Approval was not obtained through the AAP, as more than 10 per cent of the eligible electors submitted opposition forms within all three proposed service areas, with the results ranging between 12 and 16 per cent. While the CVRD has the ability to hold a referendum within 80 days of closing the AAP in order to further pursue the proposed service, the Electoral Area Directors have weighed the options and do not feel it is in the best interest of the community to hold a referendum at this time.

“We’ve received strong feedback from residents, and we’ll be taking this time to reflect on what was shared with us,” said Electoral Area Services Committee Chair Director Hamir. “Our waste reduction goals are still incredibly important, and we’ll continue to work with rural communities on solutions to keep waste out of the landfill and increase diversion through recycling and composting.”

Earlier in the spring, public engagement was conducted to inform residents on the proposed collection service. This generated a significant amount of discussion within the community, indicating the service did not have widespread community support.

“We want to thank rural residents for taking the time, not only to express their concerns through the AAP process, but throughout our community engagement efforts as well,” added Marc Rutten, General Manager of Engineering Services Branch for the CVRD. “We heard a wide range of perspectives on this topic, and responded to hundreds of questions from engaged citizens, both for and against the proposed service.”

The engagement report and details of the CVRD Board decision are available on the Rural Roadside Garbage and Recycling Collection engagement page at connectcvrd.ca/ruralroadsidecollection.

The Comox Valley Regional District is a federation of three electoral areas and three municipalities providing sustainable services for residents and visitors to the area. The members of the regional district work collaboratively on services for the benefit of the diverse urban and rural areas of the Comox Valley.

Marc Rutten

General Manager of Engineering Services Branch, Comox Valley Regional District

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1 Comment

  1. tony

    The CVRD continues to display their usual poor planning. So now, apparently, we have a small minority having the power to veto a referendum on a vital topic for our Valley. Some people seem to prefer to give their money to American waste management companies who raise their prices whenever they like because there is little competition in the region. What about the rest of us? Don’t we get to vote? How does the CVRD know what the final tally would have been had there been a referendum? Did they conduct opinion polls? If so, they would have known in advance how to proceed.

    The whole concept was poorly explained by the CVRD and the advantages of a public service were not highlighted. Some of the letters to the Editor in the local paper supporting private garbage collection seemed to conveniently ignore that one of the small private companies collecting our garbage was sold by the owner to a large multinational, which raised prices substantially within a year while not providing any improvement in service.

    It would appear that we are going backwards. Recycling is now harder due to the closure of some of the previously available locations. And now this crazy decision. I suspect some people will now not bother to recycle given the hassle of going to the busy depot and having to sort everything. So we will end up with more garbage in the landfill or dumped illegally.

    Well, at least the CVRD managed to get itself a fancy new building in the City of Courtenay. I guess they made that decision without being vetoed by a vocal minority of residents.

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