CVRD Announces Official Results of Roadside Collection Referendum

The concept of a rural solid waste pick-up service will not become a reality, following the results of the November 16 referendum, which saw a majority of electoral area voters oppose the plan.

“We appreciate the lively debate and active participation that occurred in the community regarding this proposal,” said CVRD chair Edwin Grieve. “Sometimes elected officials feel like they’re on the edge of the pool – not sure whether to jump in or not – but this kind of participation in democracy and this kind of definitive response, gives us clear direction.  While this option ultimately did not meet the needs of the community, we will continue to explore other recommendations outlined in the solid waste management plan to help bring us closer to our target goal of diverting 70 per cent of the region’s waste away from landfills.”

The proposed service would have seen roadside garbage and recycling pick-up in the majority of the Comox Valley Regional District (CVRD) electoral areas A, B, and C, but the official result of the November 16th referendum was 3,139 against, and 1,153 in favour.

“The CVRD would like to thank everyone who came out to vote on this important proposal,” said James Warren, chief election officer. “Voter turnout was approximately 29 per cent.”

CVRD staff will prepare a report on the results of the referendum that will go to the November 26th board meeting.  At this time, the directors will rescind the readings for the solid waste roadside collection in the rural areas service establishment bylaw. For the results of the referendum, visit www.comoxvalleyrd.ca/results.

The Comox Valley Regional District is a federation of three electoral areas and three municipalities providing sustainable services for residents and visitors to the area. The members of the regional district work collaboratively on services for the benefit of the diverse urban and rural areas of the Comox Valley.
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Media Contact:
James Warren, Corporate Legislative Officer
Comox Valley Regional District
Tel: 250-334-6007