After ‘strong feedback’ from residents, the Comox Valley Regional District has decided not to move forward with their rural roadside garbage and recycling collection service proposition.

“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 Arzeena 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.”

The CVRD says that they sought elector approval on July 5th, and more than 10% of the eligible electors submitted opposition forms within all three proposed service areas.

“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.”

Though the CVRD could hold a referendum within 80 days of closing the AAP in order to further pursue the proposed service, Electoral Area Directors have decided against it.

The service was proposed in spring, and promised ‘to increase the diversion of recyclables, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, improve convenience and costs for residents’ through its creation.

The opposition is in contrast to the program’s original support in August/September 2020, where the CVRD stated that 78% of 3000 residents surveyed expressed support for the program.

A report on the program’s details is available here and here.