COMOX, B.C.- Recycle BC’s first audit of the new curbside collection program in Comox shows that the majority of products being thrown into blue boxes are acceptable.

The audit was conducted last month. It revealed that 2.8 per cent of material in the blue boxes were non-recyclables, like garbage, unacceptable packaging, electronics and books (hard and soft cover). This level is just below Recycle BC’s allowable contamination level of three per cent.

The audit also found that products that are recyclable, but not allowed in Town of Comox blue boxes, like glass, Styrofoam, and plastic bags, are still being put in blue boxes.

A release from the Town states that these items must be taken to the Comox Return Centre on Anderton Road.

“It appears Town of Comox residents have largely ‘heard the word’, and are being responsible recyclers in the blue box program,” said Paul Ives, Mayor of Comox, in the release.

“I’m convinced that as the program continues, the levels of unacceptable materials will go even lower.”

This program applies to residents who receive curbside bi-weekly recycling collection on garbage pickup day, year-round. Unlimited quantities are allowed for recycling.

Two syringes were also found during the audit. The release notes that “sharps containers” can be obtained from any pharmacist, and returned to the pharmacy when full.

A full run-down of acceptable materials in the Town of Comox blue boxes and of materials accepted at the Return Centre can be found through the town’s website.