Royston Recycling Program

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Effective May 19, 2014

Changes to the recycling program were introduced in 2014 as part of a new Product Stewardship Plan.

1. Why is the recycling system changing?
2. Who will run the new program and when will it start?
3. How will PPP affect my curbside recycling collection?
4. What about glass?
5. How will PPP affect Royston rsidential curbside user rates?
6. What will the CVRD do with the financial incentives?
7. What will happen to recycling depot locations within the region?
8. Have other organizations been aproved to be a depot collector under RecycleBC’s plan?
9. Where can I find more information about the new product stewardship plan?


1. Why is the recycling system changing?
In 2011, the Government of British Columbia amended the Recycling Regulation to require that, starting May 19, 2014, the businesses that supply packaging and printed paper to residents assume responsibility for managing these items after residents discard them. This is called extended producer responsibility, or EPR, and the provincial government has been introducing EPR regulations for various types of materials for the past 20 years.

 2. Who will run the new program and when will it start?
Starting May 19, 2014, businesses that supply packaging and printed paper to BC residents will be responsible for collecting and managing these materials so they can be recycled. Recycle BC, a non-profit organization working on behalf of these businesses, will be responsible for residential recycling programs in many areas across BC, either directly or by working with local governments, First Nations, private companies and not-for-profit organizations.The biggest change that most residents will see is that they will be able to recycle types of packaging that are not commonly accepted in current curbside, multi-family, and depot recycling programs. In many communities, including Royston, the local governments will continue to provide the collection services.

3. How will PPP affect my curbside recycling collection?
In Royston, the Comox Valley Regional District (CVRD) will continue to operate the curbside recycling program through its contractor, Emterra Environmental.

When the Recycle BC PPP program launched in May, all BC communities with Recycle BC curbside collection will collect the same types of materials for recycling.

Many materials that will be included in the Recycle BC PPP program are currently accepted in the Royston curbside recycling program. Additional materials acceptable for curbside collection in Royston will include plastic plant pots, hot and cold drink cups & milk cartons.

A detailed list of accepted materials for curbside recycling collection [PDF - 274 KB]

Difficult to handle materials such as glass containers, film plastics (grocery bags/overwrap) & plastic foam packaging (i.e. Styrofoam, etc.) packaging will not be included in curbside collection, but will be accepted at local Recycle BC-approved recycling depots. Recycle BC has the responsibility to ensure these materials are collected and recycled. 

4. What about glass?
Glass containers still will not be accepted in the curbside recycling pick-up program. Refundable glass containers should be delivered to Return-It Depot for deposit refund. Non–refundable containers will be accepted at the approved Recycle BC depot locations (refer to question 7 and 8 for a listing of locations). 

5. How will PPP affect Royston residential curbside user rates?
Local governments in BC with existing curbside collection service were offered financial incentives to continue operating their services under the Recycle BC program. To be eligible for these incentives, local governments had to execute agreements with Recycle BC prior to November 2013, and will have to operate their recycling programs in accordance with Recycle BC requirements. The CVRD has entered into a contract to provide curbside recycling services for Royston residents for Recycle BC.

6. What will the CVRD do with the financial incentives?
All local governments that have a contract to provide the curbside recycling service with Recycle BC must retain a portion of the financial incentive for education and to administer the program.

There are potential financial penalties to the CVRD or any other local government if the PPP material collected does not meet Recycle BC standards. Therefore, a portion of the CVRD’s incentives will go into a reserve account to manage this risk. 

Once the plan is implemented, it is anticipated that a portion of the financial incentives will decrease the fees charged to residents by the CVRD for garbage and recycling pick-up with no change expected to the current pick-up schedule.

7. What will happen to the recycling depot locations within the region?
The CVRD has been approved to operate Recycle BC collector depots in the following locations:

 Recycle BC Approved Depots

  • Comox Valley waste management centre, 2400 Pidgeon Lake Road, Cumberland
  • Campbell River waste management centre, 6200 Argonaut Road, Campbell River
  • Depot located at the old fire hall in Black Creek, 2185 Regent Road, Black Creek
  • Hornby Island – 3600 Central Road
  • Denman Island – 5901 Denman Road
  • Cortes Island – 1300 Squirrel Cove Road
  • Quadra Island – 658 Harper Road
  • Sayward – 652 H’Kusam Way
  • Zeballos – 752 Nootka Place
  • Tahsis – 1015 North Maquinna Drive
  • Gold River – 100 Hilke Road

As the new product stewardship plan rolls out, the Comox Strathcona waste management service (CSWM) will monitor other depot locations (not classified as a depot under Recycle BC new plan) to determine impact and operational requirements.

Non-Recycle BC Approved Depots

  • Canex Recycling Depot, 1375 Military Row, Comox
  • Courtenay Country Market, 5352 North Island Highway, Courtenay
  • BFI Canada – 4624 Cumberland Road, Cumberland
  • Sportsplex – 1800 Alder Street, Campbell River
  • Strathcona Gardens recreation complex, 225 South Dogwood Street, Campbell River

The non-Recycle BC locations will not be accepting MMBC approved material such as glass and plastic foam packaging (i.e. Styrofoam, etc).

8. Have other organizations been approved to be a depot collector under RecycleBC's new plan?
Other organizations have been approved as a collector depot in this region.

  • Encorp Pacific (Canada)
    Courtenay Return-It Depot and Comox Return-It Depot
  • Island Return-It Centre, 1580-F Willow Street, Campbell River
  • Suncoast Waste Services Ltd.(SunCoast Eco Depot) Maple Street, Campbell River

At this time, the launch date and the types of materials that will be collected at these approved Recycle BC depots is still unknown. The CVRD will update this information as it becomes available.

9. Where can I find more information about the new product stewardship plan?

The CVRD is committed to keeping residents updated as information becomes available.