Help plan for the future of the Comox-Strathcona region’s waste

Fourteen open houses and presentations are being held across the region

If your habits resemble those of an average Canadian, you generate about 2.5 kilograms of garbage per day.

The Comox Strathcona waste management (CSWM) service wants to hear from area residents and businesses about what to do with all that waste in our region in the future.

Fourteen open houses and presentations are being held across the region, where you can learn more about – and give your feedback on – options to create much-needed landfill space, manage yard waste and food scraps, and improve recycling for homes, apartments and businesses.

The process is part of updating the region’s solid waste management plan – a plan to manage our waste now and for the future. The options being proposed have been developed with input from technical experts, members of a region-wide community advisory committee, staff and elected leaders.

“We need the public’s input to help us make decisions about how we can best manage our waste in the future, including the selection of our future disposal facilities, such as landfills,” said Edwin Grieve, chair of the Comox Strathcona waste management service. “Be sure to watch your mailbox for our newsletter that provides details on the draft plan and how to share your ideas and input.”

The public open houses offer an opportunity to view information displays and talk to staff and technical experts. The public is encouraged to stay for the 30-minute presentation, followed by a question and answer period.

An open house will be held 5-8 p.m. in Campbell River on March 21 at the Museum with a presentation of the options at 7 p.m.

Quadra Island’s open house will be March 15 from 7-9 p.m. at Quadra Elementary School with a presentation at 7:30 p.m.

If you can’t attend one of the open houses, you’ll find all the information by visiting the website at www.cswm.ca/plan. The website also included copies of the recent newsletter, open house display panels and links to the feedback form. There’s also a short video to help explain the process and the options.

As an added incentive, complete the feedback form at the open house or on the website and you can enter for a chance to win one of five prizes worth $100 in groceries at a local grocery store.

The Comox Strathcona Waste Management (CSWM) 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.