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Solid Waste Collection Services

This page was last reviewed on May 24, 2024.

solid wastemeans any combination of garbage, organics and recyclable materials (Solid Waste Bylaw No. 1003, 2014).

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The Village of Cumberland provides residential curbside organics, recycling and garbage curbside collection.

Learn more about what goes in your container:

Resident provide their own containers for garbage, recycling and organics collection. Containers can be up to 77 litres in size and must weigh less than 22kg (50lb) when filled.

Missed a collection?

Please check the collection schedule to confirm what was to be collected.

Call Emterra at 250-336-8066 to report a missed collection.

Be Bear Aware

Please put out your solid waste out by 8 a.m. on collection day. To help reduce human-bear conflicts, store all solid waste containers is a secure location until the morning of collection day.

Rates and Charges for Solid Waste Collection

Utility bills are issued to quarterly to property owners. Avoid a 10% penalty by paying your utility bill by the due date. Find out more about rates and charges.

Comox Strathcona Waste Management Service

The Comox Strathcona Waste Management (CSWM) service is a function of the Comox Valley Regional District (CVRD). The CSWM service manages over 65,000 tonnes of waste and recycled material annually and oversees a number of diversion and education programs for the CVRD and the Strathcona Regional District (SRD).

CSWM is responsible for two regional waste management centres that serve the Comox Valley and Campbell River, as well as a range of transfer stations that handle waste and recycling for the electoral areas of the Comox Valley Regional District and the Strathcona Regional District.

More solid waste services are offered at the Comox Valley Waste Management Centre located at 3699 Bevan Road in Cumberland and at the Courtenay Return-It Depot.

Food and Yard Waste Program Growing Deeper Roots

Knowing what is accepted in the food/yard waste bin will help avoid contamination and keep our system operating smoothly.

Beginning in 2023, Food/yard waste bins with unacceptable materials will be left at the curb. Please note that no plastic bags or containers – even those labelled as compostable or biodegradable – can be used in the food/yard waste bins. For more information on the new Food and Yard Waste Program including accepted and unaccepted items, visit

Recycle More at the Depot!

View a complete list of accepted recyclables at the Comox Valley Waste Management Centre at 3699 Bevan Road, including

  • foam packaging
  • plastic bags and overwrap (pop can wraps, plastic shopping bags, toilet paper wrap)
  • Other flexible plastic packaging (crinkly wrappers, cereal bags, chip bags, stand up pouches, woven and net plastic bags, non-food protective packaging)
  • glass

Household Hazardous Waste

Household hazardous waste is accepted from local residents at the Comox Valley Waste Management Centre every Thursday and Friday from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Household hazardous waste is any waste from your home that you consider to be dangerous and includes leftover household products that are

  • marked flammable,
  • marked corrosive,
  • marked poison, or
  • are a compressed gas such as aerosols, butane, and lighters.

Paint, flammables, pesticides and gasoline may be returned to the Courtenay Return-It Depot at 493 Puntledge Road, (250) 338-6013. There is no charge to drop off leftovers that are accepted by the program. Find more information on Product Care items.

The program does not include industrial waste from commercial business.

Illegal Dumping

Call 1-800-331-6007 or the Village office at 250-336-2291 to report an illegal dump site. Find out more about the regional Illegal Dumping Program.

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