Repurpose your old stuff

It's time to breathe new life into something old and worn-out.

The Comox Strathcona waste management (CSWM) service is pleased to have Gayle Bates, waste reduction educator, on-site at the Comox Valley compost education centre at 10 a.m. Saturday, July 28 to inspire you to turn your trash into treasure. 

Join us as Gayle explores ways to reuse, recycle and remake your broken, unwanted furniture, personal accessories and toys, and turn them into something new and unique. Gayle encourages people to use their imaginations rather than simply tossing things out and filling up valuable space in our local landfills.

“Families can be motivated to look around the house for stuff that is shoved into a corner and to find practical and unique ways to repurpose it,” said Gayle. “We are all looking for ways to save money and to get the most out of what we already have, so let others be inspired by sharing your ideas.” 

Gayle has worked to repurpose old furniture into plant stands, dishes into whimsical garden ornaments, and bicycle bars into bookends.

The Comox Valley compost education centre is located at 4795 Headquarter Road, Courtenay.  For more information on upcoming events and workshops, visit

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.


Media contact:
Koreen Gurak, manager of communications
Comox Valley Regional District
Tel: 250-334-6066