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Organics Collection

This page was last reviewed on April 22, 2016.

Organics and yard waste is collected weekly from all single family residences in the Village. You must supply your own container and you may mix your yard waste with your kitchen scraps in the same container.

Collection Schedules

Find collection schedules on the Solid Waste Services page and contact information if your collection was missed.

What is Collected in Your Organics Container

  • Meats, poultry and bones (cooked or uncooked)
  • Fish and shellfish (cooked or uncooked)
  • Grains and pasta, including bread, cereals, pizza, pastries & rice
  • Dairy products, including cheese, yogurt, sour cream, butter, mayonnaise
  • Eggs and eggshells
  • Fruit and vegetables
  • Plate scrapings and food leftovers
  • Food-soiled paper and cardboard like paper towel and pizza boxes
  • Coffee filters, grounds and tea bags
  • Yard waste (Tree and hedge/shrub prunings and branches do not have to be in a container if they are tied in secure bundles with jute or hemp (no nylon). These bundles cannot be longer than 90cm (36in), wider than 60cm (24in) in diameter and weigh more than 22 kg (49 pounds). Individual branch diameter cannot exceed 7.6cm (3in) because these can jam the packing mechanism in the truck.
  • The following invasive plants: Himalayan Blackberry, Common Morning Glory

What stays out of your curbside organic container:

  • Plastic, even if labeled biodegradable or compostable coffee cups and lids
  • Meat trays or other Styrofoam
  • Waxed paper
  • Fruit stickers, bread clips or ties
  • Metal, rubber or glass
  • Diapers and baby wipes
  • Pet waste and kitty litter
  • Dental floss, cotton swabs and balls
  • Dryer sheets and lint
  • Vacuum contents and bags
  • Cigarettes and butts
  • The following invasive plants: Giant Hogweed

Make an economical newspaper liner for your kitchen organics container.

More Information about the Program

View the Organics Compost Program brochure to find out more. Stickers are now available at the village office of what goes in and what stays out.

Printable list of what goes in and what stays out. Find out other ways to reduce your waste.

The organics program diverts organics from the landfill and composts them instead. There is no additional cost to homeowners to participate in the program. Find out more information at the Comox Strathcona Waste Management website.

Multi-family and Commercial

Multi-family units that currently use private collection service will not be part of the program. Businesses using the municipal solid waste program will also not be part of the pilot and will continue to receive weekly garbage collection.

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