Unstaffed recycling depots in Comox and Campbell River have been targets for illegal dumping for years, and it’s prompting Comox Strathcona Waste Management (CSWM) to take action.

On July 1st, the Canex Recycling Depot in Comox and the Sportsplex Recycling Depot in Campbell River will close permanently.

However, CSWM says there are some alternative options for recycling in these communities.

In the Comox Valley, the Comox Return Centre, Courtenay Return-It Depot, and the Comox Valley Waste Management Centre will stay open. And in Campbell River, the local Island Return-It Centre and the Campbell River Waste Management Centre are staying open.

“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,” notes CSWM senior manager Vivian Schau.

The CSWM is encouraging locals to utilize their municipal curbside recycling service, or drop off recyclables at one of the local Return-It depots or either of the waste management centres in the region. These depot facilities accept any materials that are accepted at the closing unstaffed depots, plus glass, plastic bags, outer wrap, and foam packaging.

For depot locations near you, click here.

Click on the images to view maps of nearby recycling depots